Two-body decay of the neutron: A possible test for the existence of right-handed weak currents
Physics and Astronomy Subject Group, School of
Chemistry Physics and Environmental Science, University of
Sussex Brighton, Sussex BN1 9QJ, UK
Accepted: 29 August 2001
The populations of the atomic hyperfine levels in the rare decay of a polarized neutron into an antineutrino and a hydrogen atom are evaluated assuming the existence of right-handed weak currents. A finite population is deduced for the decoupled hyperfine level which, within the restrictions of the standard model, is required to be empty. The implications for an experimental test are evaluated.
PACS: 13.30.Ce – Leptonic and semileptonic decays / 14.20.Dh – Protons and neutrons
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