Recent progress towards a solid-state nuclear clock with Thorium-229

Speaker Name/Affiliation
Dr. Kjeld Beeks, from the lab of Professor Thorsten Schumm, Vienna Institute of Technology
Seminar Type
Location (Room)
JILA Auditorium
Event Details & Abstracts


Among all known isotopes, Thorium-229 has the lowest nuclear excited state, only 8.4 eV above the ground state. This so-called "isomer" is accessible to VUV laser excitation and has been proposed as a robust clock transition for future frequency standards. The talk will present most recent progress on measuring the exact nuclear excitation energy and the isomer lifetime in a solid-state environment.