Xxxv Symposium on Nuclear Physics
Francium is an excellent system to study the nuclear weak force due to its large nucleus and relatively simple atomic structure. The FrPNC experiment has a facility to produce cold trapped atomic francium samples for parity non-conservation studies. We are preparing to measure both the nuclear spin independent and dependent parts of the weak interaction in francium. The first one gives information about weak neutral currents at low energies, while the second one is sensitive to weak interactions between nucleons. We present the current status of the experiment.
Gomez, E., Aubin, S., Collister, R., Behr, J. A., Gwinner, G., Orozco, L. A., ... & Zhang, J. (2012). The FrPNC Experiment, weak interaction studies in Francium at TRIUMF. In Journal of Physics: Conference Series (Vol. 387, No. 1, p. 012004). IOP Publishing.