First direct constraints on Fierz interference in free-neutron β decay

UCNA Collaboration

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Precision measurements of free-neutron β decay have been used to precisely constrain our understanding of the weak interaction. However, the neutron Fierz interference term bn, which is particularly sensitive to beyond-standard-model tensor currents at the TeV scale, has thus far eluded measurement. Here we report the first direct constraints on this term, finding bn=0.067±0.005stat-0.061+0.090sys, consistent with the standard model. The uncertainty is dominated by absolute energy reconstruction and the linearity of the β spectrometer energy response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number042501
JournalPhysical Review C
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 30 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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