Probing our understanding of particle- and astrophysics with neutrons (Prof. Stephan Paul)
Prof. Stephan Paul
TU München, Garching
Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics
Herbert Walther Lecture Hall
Precision experiments probing the properties of neutrons and details of their decay can reveal important information for both particle and astrophysics.
Such experiments address discrete symmetries, open the door to a
new Goldhaber experiment and provide key information to understand primordial
nucleosynthesis. For many such experiments the storage of neutrons, allowing
long observation times, are of pivotal importance. Such ultra cold neutrons can
be generated from fission or spallation based neutron sources. The talk will
give insights into the techniques employed and introduce several of the
experiments presently being prepared.