Law of Conservation of Muons
CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY
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The apparent absence of muon-electron transitions without neutrinos leads one to suspect that there is a new conservation law forbidding them. Calculations of the rate of such processes, assuming no such law exists, indicated that it is hard to understand their absence in an intermediate boson theory of weak interactions. Even if there is no intermediate boson, the decay would lead to these processes in some order of perturbation theory, and arguments were given which indicate that any field theory of weak interactions may predict unacceptably large rates for these processes in the absence of a selection rule.
- Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particle Physics