The neutron's electric dipole moment (nEDM) serves as an important test of the Standard Model of particle physics and it's various alternatives. Various models of fundamental physics allow for different magnitudes for the nEDM, and recent experiments have begun to exclude some models. Valparaiso University is part of a collaboration of institutions working on an improved experiment to measure the nEDM, to be conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the next few years. The experiment will be performed at 0.4 Kelvin, and will involve the use of magnetic fields and very large electric fields. Research at Los Alamos National Laboratory this summer has focused on identifying materials with the proper electronic properties under these conditions for further study and development efforts. Some measurements and conclusions are presented.
Barber, Benjamin, "Neutron Electric Dipole Moment: Research and Development" (2012). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 190.