Tensor interaction limit derived from the α-β-ν̄ correlation in trapped Li8 ions

G. Li*, R. Segel, N. D. Scielzo, P. F. Bertone, F. Buchinger, S. Caldwell, A. Chaudhuri, J. A. Clark, J. E. Crawford, C. M. Deibel, J. Fallis, S. Gulick, G. Gwinner, D. Lascar, A. F. Levand, M. Pedretti, G. Savard, K. S. Sharma, M. G. Sternberg, T. SunJ. Van Schelt, R. M. Yee, B. J. Zabransky

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A measurement of the α-β-ν̄ angular correlation in the Gamow-Teller decay Li8→Be*8+ν̄+β, Be*8→ α+α has been performed using ions confined in a linear Paul trap surrounded by silicon detectors. The energy difference spectrum of the α particles emitted along and opposite the direction of the β particle is consistent with the standard model prediction and places a limit of 3.1% (95.5% confidence level) on any tensor contribution to the decay. From this result, the amplitude of any tensor component CT relative to that of the dominant axial-vector component CA of the electroweak interaction is limited to |CT/CA|<0.18 (95.5% confidence level). This experimental approach is facilitated by several favorable features of the Li8 β decay and has different systematic effects than the previous β-ν̄ correlation results for a pure Gamow-Teller transition obtained from studying He6 β decay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number092502
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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