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The Nature of the Neutrino

Author:

Price, Lew Paxton

Category:

Essays

Sub-Category:

Quantum Theory / Particle Physics

Language:

English

Date Published:

March 8, 2014

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289

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Abstract:

Today's particle physicists are unwitting left-overs from over a century of erroneous tradition, primarily fueled by political considerations among physicists. Consequently, when they began to study radioactive decay, particularly what is called "beta decay", they found that things did not quite add up. When a radioactive neutron decayed into a proton and an electron, something was left over. When the particle accelerator sent the neutron into the bubble chamber, the magnetic field in the chamber separated the tracks of the resulting entities as it was supposed to do, and the photograph taken showed this. But after calculating the tracks by using the laws of conservation of momentum, linear momentum, angular momentum, charge, and other known conservation laws, there was some "missing" angular momentum. The amount of missing angular momentum could vary. The maximum kinetic energy over and above that found in the proton and the electron when they were at rest indicated the highest possible amount of missing angular momentum - but there could be much less, according to how much was taken by the movement of the proton and the electron. This variable of missing angular momentum was a problem. Nothing in the photograph of the tracks gave a reasonable answer, and an answer was necessary. So, of course, they postulated an unseen particle called a "neutrino" that would carry away the missing momentum and energy.

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