Parity and Time-Reversal Violation in Atomic Systems

B. M. Roberts, V. A. Dzuba, V. V. Flambaum, Annu. Rev. Nucl. Part. Sci. 65, 63–86 (2015)



Studying the violation of parity and time-reversal invariance in atomic systems has proven to be a very effective means for testing the electroweak theory at low energy and searching for physics beyond it. Recent developments in both atomic theory and experimental methods have led to the ability to make extremely precise theoretical calculations and experimental measurements of these effects. Such studies are complementary to direct high-energy searches, and can be performed for just a fraction of the cost. We review the recent progress in the field of parity and time-reversal violation in atoms, molecules, and nuclei, and examine the implications for physics beyond the Standard Model, with an emphasis on possible areas for development in the near future.

Written on 1 October 2015