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The Decay of Bound Muons


Gilinsky, Victor (1961) The Decay of Bound Muons. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/S3CW-8G49.


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.))
Subject Keywords:(Physics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Awards:Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award, 1982
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Mathews, Jon
Group:Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1961
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-06042004-114500
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:2436
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Deposited On:04 Jun 2004
Last Modified:27 Jul 2021 00:16

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