Neutron lifetime measurement with pulsed cold neutrons

K. Hirota, G. Ichikawa, S. Ieki, T. Ino, Y. Iwashita, M. Kitaguchi, R. Kitahara, J. Koga, K. Mishima, T. Mogi, K. Morikawa, A. Morishita, N. Nagakura, H. Oide, H. Okabe, H. Otono, Y. Seki, D. Sekiba, T. Shima, H. M. ShimizuN. Sumi, H. Sumino, T. Tomita, H. Uehara, T. Yamada, S. Yamashita, K. Yano, M. Yokohashi, T. Yoshioka

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The neutron lifetime has been measured by comparing the decay rate with the reaction rate of 3He nuclei of a pulsed neutron beam from the spallation neutron source at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC). The decay rate and the reaction rate were determined by simultaneously detecting electrons from the neutron decay and protons from the 3He(n,p)3H reaction using a gas chamber, the working gas of which contains diluted 3He. The measured neutron lifetime was 898 ± 10stat+15-18 sys s.

Original languageEnglish
Article number123C02
JournalProgress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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