We present measurements of Stark interference in the 6S01→6P13 transition in Hg199, a process whereby a static electric field E mixes magnetic dipole and electric quadrupole couplings into an electric dipole transition, leading to E-linear energy shifts similar to those produced by a permanent atomic electric dipole moment (EDM). The measured interference amplitude, a SI=(aM1+aE2)=(5.8±1.5)×10 -9(kV/cm)-1, agrees with relativistic, many-body predictions and confirms that earlier central-field estimates are a factor of 10 too large. More importantly, this study validates the capability of the Hg199 EDM search apparatus to resolve nontrivial, controlled, and sub-nHz Larmor frequency shifts with EDM-like characteristics.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)