Search for two body muon decay signals Academic Article uri icon


  • 2015 American Physical Society. Lepton family number violation is tested by searching for +e+X0 decays among the 5.8108 positive muon decay events analyzed by the TWIST collaboration. Limits are set on the production of both massless and massive X0 bosons. The large angular acceptance of this experiment allows limits to be placed on anisotropic +e+X0 decays, which can arise from interactions violating both lepton flavor and parity conservation. Branching ratio limits of order 10-5 are obtained for bosons with masses of 13-80MeV/c2 and with different decay asymmetries. For bosons with masses less than 13MeV/c2 the asymmetry dependence is much stronger and the 90% limit on the branching ratio varies up to 5.810-5. This is the first study that explicitly evaluates the limits for anisotropic two body muon decays.

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altmetric score

  • 1.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Bayes, R., Bueno, J. F., Davydov, Y. I., Depommier, P., Faszer, W., Fujiwara, M. C., ... Tribble, R. E.

citation count

  • 32

complete list of authors

  • Bayes, R||Bueno, JF||Davydov, Yu I||Depommier, P||Faszer, W||Fujiwara, MC||Gagliardi, CA||Gaponenko, A||Gill, DR||Grossheim, A||Gumplinger, P||Hasinoff, MD||Henderson, RS||Hillairet, A||Hu, J||Koetke, DD||MacDonald, RP||Marshall, GM||Mathie, EL||Mischke, RE||Olchanski, K||Olin, A||Openshaw, R||Poutissou, J-M||Poutissou, R||Selivanov, V||Sheffer, G||Shin, B||Stanislaus, TDS||Tacik, R||Tribble, RE

publication date

  • March 2015