Testing CPT invariance with antiprotonic helium atoms

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The structure of matter is related to symmetries at every level of study. CPT symmetry is one of the most important laws of field theory: it states the invariance of physical properties when one simultaneously changes the signs of the charge and of the spatial and time coordinates of free elementary particles. Although in general opinion CPT symmetry is not violated in Nature, there are theoretical attempts to develop CPT-violating models. The Antiproton Decelerator at CERN has been built to test CPT invariance. The ASACUSA experiment compares the properties of particles and antiparticles by studying the antiprotonic helium atom via laser spectroscopy and measuring the mass, charge and magnetic moment of the antiproton as compared to those of the proton.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-136
Number of pages11
JournalAIP Conference Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2008


  • Antimatter
  • Antiproton charge
  • Antiproton mass
  • Laser spectroscopy
  • Magnetic moment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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