Measurement of the transverse polarization of electrons emitted in free neutron decay

Abstract : The final analysis of the experiment determining both components of the transverse polarization of electrons (σT1, σT2) emitted in the β decay of polarized, free neutrons is presented. The T-odd, P-odd correlation coefficient quantifying σT2, perpendicular to the neutron polarization and electron momentum, was found to be R= 0.004 ± 0.012 ± 0.005. This value is consistent with time-reversal invariance and significantly improves both the earlier result and limits the relative strength of the imaginary scalar couplings in the weak interaction. The value obtained for the correlation coefficient associated with σT1, N= 0.067 ± 0.011 ± 0.004, agrees with the standard model expectation, providing an important sensitivity test of the experimental setup. The present result sets constraints on the imaginary part of scalar and tensor couplings in weak interactions. Implications for parameters of the leptoquark exchange model and the minimal supersymmetric model with R-parity violation are discussed.
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Physical Review C, American Physical Society, 2012, 85, pp.045501. <10.1103/PhysRevC.85.045501>


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A. Kozela, G. Ban, A. Białek, K. Bodek, P. Gorel, et al.. Measurement of the transverse polarization of electrons emitted in free neutron decay. Physical Review C, American Physical Society, 2012, 85, pp.045501. <10.1103/PhysRevC.85.045501>. <in2p3-00690445>

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