9 May/23
16:00 - 17:00 (Europe/Zurich)

Research opportunities with laser spectroscopy of radioactive molecules


The electronic structure of molecules that contain radioactive nuclei can be highly sensitive to a number of nuclear observables of interest, such as the typically studied nuclear magnetic dipole and electric quadrupole moments, but also the symmetry-violating nuclear Schiff, anapole, and magnetic quadrupole moments. Precision experiments based on heavy and polar radioactive diatomic molecules have been proposed as potentially the most sensitive probes to pin down the level of parity and time-reversal violation in the Universe. Beyond the fundamental interest, such experiments on radioactive molecules can also provide new nuclear structure information, test the power of quantum chemistry, and elucidate the astrophysical origin of radionuclides. In this talk, an overview of the research opportunities with radioactive molecules will be given. A summary of recent activities on the study of radioactive molecules at CERN-ISOLDE will be followed.