Cosmology seminar - Ben Elder

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Beecroft Seminar Room
Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH

Ben Elder (Imperial College London)

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Natalia Porqueres, Matteo Zennaro

Ben Elder - Searching for dark energy and new gravitational physics in the laboratory

The existence of a small cosmological constant in our universe hints that there is more to gravity than meets the eye. A broad class of theories that modify gravity contain a screening mechanism that makes them particularly difficult to detect.  I will discuss how atom interferometry provides an exciting new window into this type of modified gravity, focusing in particular on the chameleon and the symmetron.  I will put these tests into the context of other short-range tests of gravity, particularly Casimir sensors and atomic spectroscopy.