XVIth International Workshop on
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Fundamental Symmetries and Symmetry Violations from High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy: Experiment and Theory
Martin Quack
ETH Zurich, Physical Chemistry, Switzerland
High resolution molecular spectroscopy in combination with appropriate theoretical analysis provides a route to fundamental physics, which complements the standard approaches of high energy physics [1]. In the lecture we shall first address general aspects of fundamental symmetries in physics and their violations. We shall then present recent theoretical and experimental progress from the work of our group concerning parity violation in chiral molecules [2] and nuclear spin symmetry conservation and violation in molecules with several identical nuclei based on approaches formulated a number of years ago, but bringing fruit now [1, 3, 4]. If time permits, we conclude with speculations on CPT violation and on dark matter [1, 5].

[1] M. Quack, Fundamental Symmetries and Symmetry Violations from High Resolution Spectroscopy in Handbook of High Resolution Spectroscopy (Eds.: M. Quack, F. Merkt), Wiley, Chichester, New York, 2011, in press.
[2] M. Quack, J. Stohner, M. Willeke, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 2008, 59, 741-769.
[3] M. Quack, Mol. Phys. 1977, 34, 477-504.
[4] M. Quack, Chem. Phys. Lett. 1986, 132, 147-153.
[5] M. Quack, Chem. Phys. Lett. 1994, 231, 421-428.


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