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Physics Nobel Laureate Eric Cornell presents Benson Memorial Lecture

04/15/2013

Eric Cornell
Eric Cornell
Eric Cornell, 2001 Nobel Prize winner in physics and senior scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will present "How Symmetric is the Electron?" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 100 Laws Hall.

His talk, rescheduled from March 4, is the annual George C. Benson Memorial Lecture in Physics. Prior to his talk, the Society of Physics Students (SPS) will host "Exploring Physics with SPS" with demonstrations and a reception, 5:45-6:45 p.m. in 115 Culler Hall.

Cornell is a Fellow of JILA (formerly the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics) and Professor Adjoint, department of physics, University of Colorado, Boulder.

In 1995 he and Carl Wieman synthesized the first Bose–Einstein condensate - the coldest matter ever known. For their efforts, Cornell, Wieman and Wolfgang Ketterle shared the Nobel Prize in physics in 2001.

Cornell is recipient of numerous other awards, including the Carl Zeiss Award in 1996, the Fritz London Prize in 1996, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 1996, the 1997 King Faisal International Prize for Science and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics in 1999, among many others.

In 2000, he was elected as a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2005, he was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2012 he was awarded the Ioannes Marcus Marci Medal for Molecular Spectroscopy.

In his presentation on "How symmetric is the electron? Looking for out-of-roundness of 10^{-15} femtometers," Cornell will discuss how the electron's electric dipole moment (eEDM) is sensitive to particle physics beyond the standard model.

His research group makes use of the extreme electric fields found within a molecular bond to pursue an experiment to set a new limit on eEDM at a level that should severely constrain supersymmetric models.

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