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The Neutron-Proton Mass Difference


Speisman, Gerald (1955) The Neutron-Proton Mass Difference. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/SSHW-9C33.


NOTE: Text or symbols not renderable in plain ASCII are indicated by [...]. Abstract is included in .pdf document. It is proposed than the neutron-proton and [...] mass differences are produced by the electromagnetic field. In order to make the quantum electrodynamic mass corrections convergent, it is necessary to cut off the photon propagation function and the anomalous moment interaction of the neutron and proton for high virtual proton masses. The cutoff masses required to give the observed mass differences are of the order of the proton mass. These cutoffs are in agreement with the relatively small changes nucleon moments appear to undergo when nucleons form nuclei, and with experiments on electron-neutron and electron-proton scattering. A classical interpretation of the neutron-proton mass difference is discussed. A justification of the quantum electrodynamic calculation based on quantum field theory is also given.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Physics and Mathematics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Minor Option:Mathematics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Feynman, Richard Phillips (advisor)
  • Christy, Robert F. (advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1955
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-01222004-092833
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ID Code:264
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Deposited On:28 Jan 2004
Last Modified:06 Jul 2023 23:14

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