A precision measurement of muon decay Conference Paper uri icon


  • The V-A structure of the weak interaction was put into the standard model by hand in order to obtain agreement with experiments. These experiments, however, do not rule out relatively large deviations from this structure. Muon decay provides an ideal laboratory to test this structure, being a purely leptonic process. TRIUMF experiment E614 will measure both the energy and emission-angle distribution of positrons from the decay of polarized muons. This will provide a simultaneous determination of the Michel parameters P ;, and describing muon decay with a precision of a few parts in 10 4 . Stringent limits may then be placed on the coupling constants, as well as the mass and mixing angle of a possible right-handed W boson (W R ). In this paper the formalism for muon decay is presented, the E614 experiment is described, and the sensitivity expected from E614 is compared to present limits on the values of the coupling constants and the mass and mixing angle of W R .

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Quraan, M. A., Amaudruz, P., Andersson, W., Comyn, M., Davydov, Y., Depommier, P., ... Wright, D.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Quraan, MA||Amaudruz, P||Andersson, W||Comyn, M||Davydov, Y||Depommier, P||Doornbos, J||Faszer, W||Gagliardi, CA||Gill, DR||Green, P||Gumplinger, P||Hardy, JC||Hasinoff, M||Helmer, R||Henderson, R||Khruchinsky, A||Kitching, P||Koetke, DD||Korkmaz, E||Lachin, Y||Mass, D||Macdonald, JA||Manweiler, R||Mathie, T||Musser, JR||Nord, P||Olin, A||Ottewell, D||Openshaw, R||Piilonen, L||Porcelli, T||Poutissou, JM||Poutissou, R||Rodning, NL||Schaapman, J||Selivanov, V||Sheffer, G||Shin, Y||Sobratee, F||Soukup, J||Stanislaus, TDS||Stinson, G||Tacik, R||Torokhov, V||Tribble, RE||Vasiliev, MA||Walter, HK||Wright, D

publication date

  • January 2000