Short-Lived Radioactive Molecules
Precision measurements of molecular systems provide highly sensitive laboratories for exploring the possible violation of fundamental symmetries and search for new physics beyond the standard model physics [Barr14,Demi17,Safr18]. Radioactive molecules compound of heavy and deformed short-lived isotopes are predicted to offer unprecedented sensitivity to investigate parity and time reversal violation effects. However, the experimental knowledge of short-lived radioactive molecules is scarce, and quantum chemistry calculations has constituted the only source of spectroscopy information.
[Barr14] Barry, J. et al. Nature 512, 286 (2014).
[Demi17] DeMille et al. Science 357, 990 (2017).
[Safr18] Safronova et al. Rev Mod Phys 90, 025008 (2018).
Challenging our understanding of the nuclear size
Molecular experiments hope to reveal new physics
Detecting short-lived radium fluoride can explore standard model’s limits. Even though radioactive radium fluoride molecules can exist for just a few days, scientists have made them and found that they could extend our fundamental understanding of physics.
Science clubs for children
Our group participates actively in Science Clubs International. Sharing our love for science with vulnerable children from developing countries is one of the best tools to motivate future scientists and create social impact.
Ronald Fernando Garcia Ruiz was awarded the PhD Thesis prize 2018 from the European Physical Society. The prizes are assigned every three years and aim to recognize the excellence of recent PhD theses in experimental, theoretical or applied nuclear physics.