9780486438191

Beta Decay for Pedestrians

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  • ISBN13:

    9780486438191

  • ISBN10:

    0486438198

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-12-23
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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Summary

This graduate-level text presents aspects of beta decay that can be understood without reference to the formal theory. Accessible to those unfamiliar with the formal theory, it makes a clear distinction between results dependent on the specific assumptions underlying the formal theory and those independent of these assumptions. 1962 edition.

Table of Contents

PREFACE v
CONTENTS vii
CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION
SECTION 1.1. Dirac matrices and Racah algebra
1(12)
1.2. Properties of the electron and neutrino emitted in beta decay
3(1)
1.3. Pictorial predictions of experimental results
4(5)
1.4. The physical basis of the simple picture
9(2)
1.5. The general program for a rigorous treatment
11(2)
CHAPTER II SPECIFICATION OF THE INITIAL AND FINAL STATES
SECTION 2.1. General
13(25)
2.2. Specification of lepton states
14(2)
2.3. Specification of nuclear states
16(1)
2.4. Conservation laws and geometrical factors
16(3)
2.5. A more convenient specification of lepton states
19(7)
2.6. Restrictions on the values of the angular momenta
26(2)
2.7. The experimentally measurable quantities
28(6)
2.8. The relation between lepton amplitudes, experimental measurements and theory
34(2)
2.9. Interference effects
36(2)
CHAPTER III ALLOWED BETA DECAY IN WORDS AND PICTURES
SECTION 3.1. The sixteen channels and their interpretation
38(18)
3.2. The Fermi and Gamow-Teller lepton states
41(4)
3.3. Mixed transitions and interference
45(3)
3.4. The relation between experimental results and the specification of lepton states
48(8)
CHAPTER IV ANGULAR MOMENTUM IN BETA DECAY
SECTION 4.1. General
56(11)
4.2. The relation between momentum, angular momentum and helicity
57(3)
4.3. A fundamental relation for '1 + A cos &theta' experiments
60(2)
4.4. Other relevant properties of angular momentum
62(1)
4.5. Lepton angular momenta in mixed transitions
62(5)
CHAPTER V ALLOWED BETA DECAY WITH FORMULAS
SECTION 5.1. Electron-neutrino angular correlation
67(19)
5.2. Angular distribution of leptons from polarized nuclei
69(6)
5.3. Angular distribution of leptons from and to partially polarized nuclei
75(2)
5.4. Beta-gamma circularly polarized correlation
77(3)
5.5. Triple polarization correlation (time reversal experiment)
80(6)
CHAPTER VI CONNECTION WITH BETA DECAY THEORY - CONCLUSIONS
SECTION 6.1. General
86(29)
6.2. Relation of beta decay theory to the specification of lepton states
87(5)
6.3. The relation between beta theory interactions and the lepton amplitudes in allowed decay
92(4)
6.4. Fierz interference
96(5)
6.5. Lepton conservation and the two and four component theories
101(6)
6.6. Sensitivity and limitations of experiments
107(4)
6.7. Conclusions
111(4)
REFERENCES 115(1)
INDEX 116

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