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Precision Measurement of the Radiative Decay Mode of the Free Neutron

Abstract The theory of quantum electrodynamics predicts that beta decay of the neutron into a proton, electron, and anti-neutrino should be accompanied by a continuous spectrum of photons. A recent experiment, RDK I, reported the first detection of radiative decay photons from neutron beta decay with a branching ratio of (3.09 ± 0.32) × 10-3 in the energy range of 15 keV to 340 keV. This was achieved by prompt coincident detection of an electron and photon, in delayed coincidence with a proton. The photons were detected by using a single bar of bismuth germanate scintillating crystal coupled to an avalanche photodiode. This thesis deals with the follow-up experiment, RDK II, to measure the branching ratio at the level of approxi... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor O'Neill, Benjamin William (Author) / Alarcon, Ricardo (Advisor) / Drucker, Jeffery (Committee member) / Lebed, Richard (Committee member) / Comfort, Joseph (Committee member) / Chamberlin, Ralph (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Particle physics / Physics
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 88 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Physics 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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