20-25 October 2019
Europe/Zurich timezone

Design of the detection system for the measurement of the hyperfine splitting in muonic hydrogen

22 Oct 2019, 17:29
WHGA/001 - Auditorium (PSI)

WHGA/001 - Auditorium



Laura Sinkunaite (Paul Scherrer Institute/ ETH Zürich)


Muonic hydrogen, ground-state hyperfine splitting, detection system, MeV-energy X-rays, scintillation detectors.

Muonic hydrogen ($\mu$p) is a bound-state of a negative muon and a proton. Since a muon is 207 times heavier than an electron, the energy levels of $\mu$p are very sensitive to the nuclear structure. By means of laser spectroscopy, we are aiming at the measurement of the ground-state hyperfine splitting to extract the two-photon exchange contribution and the Zemach radius of the proton. This experiment is being conducted at Paul Scherrer Institute and it requires designing a detector system capable of measuring the MeV-energy X-rays produced by the muonic atoms. The variation of thin and thick scintillation detectors can be used to define energy cuts to distinguish between an electron and a high-Z material ($\mu$Z) X-ray.

Work is supported by SNF project $200021\_165854$ and ERC CoG. $\#725039$.

Primary authors

Laura Sinkunaite (Paul Scherrer Institute/ ETH Zürich) on behalf of CREMA collaboration

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