Muon Physics

Muon Physics

Electromagnetic Interactions

1st Edition - January 1, 1977

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  • Editor: Vernon Hughes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323151719

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Muon Physics, Volume I: Electromagnetic Interactions deals with the electromagnetic interaction of muon as well as its static properties. The validity tests of quantum electrodynamics (QED) in the simple muonic system such as muonium, muonic hydrogen, and heavier muonic atoms are discussed. Possible tests of QED at much higher energy and large momentum transfers are also considered. An explanation of the unified gauge theories of electromagnetic and weak interactions in very simple and easily understandable terms is included as well. This volume is comprised of four chapters and begins with a historical overview of the muon, from its discovery and that of π and μ mesons to advances in understanding the vital roles played by the muon in almost every field of physics. The next chapter explores the electromagnetic properties of the muon and looks at experimental and theoretical developments concerning its static properties and electromagnetic interactions. The third chapter is concerned with the physics of the muonic atom and describes experimental methods for investigating the production of muonic atoms; charge distribution in spherical nuclei; the density of electrons in the atom; electric quadrupole and magnetic dipole interactions between the muon and the nucleus; and intensities of muonic transitions. The final chapter is devoted to cosmic-ray muons and emphasizes the character of very high-energy nucleon-nucleon interactions, together with the properties of the electromagnetic and weak interactions at very high energies. This book is written primarily for physicists as well as students and researchers in physics.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Contents of Other Volumes

    Chapter I Introduction and History

    Mistaken Identity

    Discovery of π and µ Mesons

    Nature's Perversity

    Muon Physics

    Weak Interactions

    Nonconservation of Parity and the Two-Component Neutrino Theory

    Universal (V-A) Fermi Interaction

    Two Kinds of Neutrino

    Quantum Electrodynamics

    Muon Scattering

    Muonic Atoms

    Application of Muons in Solid-State Physics and Chemistry


    Chapter II Electromagnetic Properties and Interactions of Muons

    I. Introduction

    II. Static Properties

    III. Electromagnetic Interactions

    IV. Future Possibilities and Speculations


    Chapter III Muonic Atoms


    I. The Hierarchy of Theoretical Models

    II. Experimental Methods

    III. Charge Distribution in Spherical Nuclei

    IV. The Density of Electrons in the Atom

    V. Electric Quadrupole and Magnetic Dipole Interactions between the Muon and the Nucleus

    VI. Intensities of Muonic Transitions

    VII. Outlook


    Appendix to Chapter III Numerical Evaluation of Muonic-Atom Energy Levels

    I. Introduction

    II. Vacuum-Polarization Corrections

    III. Self-Energy and Anomalous Magnetic-Moment Corrections


    Chapter IV Cosmic-Ray Muons

    I. Early Measurements of Muon Properties

    II. The Interaction of High-Energy Muons with Matter

    III. The Muon Flux from Cosmic Rays

    IV. Muons in Extensive Air Showers



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  • No. of pages: 408
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1977
  • Published: January 1, 1977
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323151719

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Vernon Hughes

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