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The decay of bound muons

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Gilinsky, Victor (1961) The decay of bound muons. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-06042004-114500

Abstract

The decay rate of bound muons is calculated and numerical results are presented for a number of nuclei up to lead. The decay rate is found to be a monotonically decreasing function of the atomic number, in contrast with recent experimental results.

The muon is represented by a relativistic wave function for a point nucleus with parameters adjusted for finite-nuclear-size effects. The outcoming electron is represented by a Sommerfeld-Maue wave function. The errors involved in these approximations are discussed. An estimate of the error in the electron wave function is obtained by comparing with an exact calculation for the lowest electron angular momentum state.

The spectrum and angular distribution of the electrons are also presented.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Mathews, Jon
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1961
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-06042004-114500
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-06042004-114500
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:2436
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
Deposited By: Imported from ETD-db
Deposited On:04 Jun 2004
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 02:51

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