Workshop on "Precision-measurement Searches for New Physics" 2020

Fifth annual workshop of the Group on Precision Measurements and Fundamental Constants

June 1, 2020

After careful consideration, the GPMFC replaces the in-person workshop with a Virtual workshop on the same date, June 1, 2020. The goal of the workshop is to survey forefront efforts in searches for physics beyond the Standard Model with precision measurements.

In the live session format, the speakers will present by sharing their screen via Zoom, while other participants watch the presentation via a web-based media application that allows for chat and other interactions with the Zoom session. The GPMFC workshop will use the same format and virtual platform as the DAMOP meeting. More information will be available at the 2020 DAMOP website.

Registration for the 2020 Virtual DAMOP meeting now includes the GPMFC workshop. Register at, it is free!

Workshop Schedule

Workshop timezone: Pacific Daylight Time, same as DAMOP
The workshop is broken into 4 sessions in the program for convenient access.

  Session 1: 8:20 - 10:00 a.m. Chair: Dmitry Budker
8:20 a.m. Introduction (Marianna Safronova)
8:30 a.m. Nergis Mavalvala, MIT
Quantum technologies for launching a new era of gravitational wave astrophysics
9:00 a.m. Gilad Perez, Weizmann Institute
Searching for new physics with isotope shifts & oscillating constants
9:30 a.m. Piet Schmidt, University of Hannover
Highly-charged ion clocks for fundamental physics
10:00 a.m. Break
  Session 2: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Chair: Marianna Safronova
10:30 a.m. Peter Thirolf, LMU
Development of the nuclear clock & future perspectives
11:00 a.m. Markus Arndt, University of Vienna
Quantum interference of massive objects and what it can tell us about the foundations of physics
11:30 a.m. David Moore, Yale
Precision searches for new physics using optically levitated microspheres
12:00 p.m. Break
  Sessions 3/4: 1:00 - 3:15 p.m. Chair: Holger Müller
1:00 p.m. Jacob Taylor, JQI
Review on tabletop experiments on the connection between gravity and quantum mechanics
1:30 p.m. Ariel Zhitnitsky, University of British Columbia
Axion Quark Nuggets dark matter and Matter-Antimatter asymmetry in the Universe as two sides of the same coin: theory, observations, future experimental searches
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Alex Sushkov, Boston University
New limits on interactions of axion-like dark matter, using precision magnetic sensors
2:45 p.m. Nick Hutzler, Caltech
Searching for New Particles and Forces with Polyatomic Molecules


Contact Information

If you have any questions about the workshop e-mail Marianna Safronova at

Workshop Organizers

Marianna Safronova (University of Delaware)
Dmitry Budker (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz and University of California, Berkeley)
Holger Müller (University of California, Berkeley)