Oct 20 – 25, 2019
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BL3: A next generation "beam" experiment to measure the neutron lifetime

Oct 22, 2019, 6:14 PM
WHGA/001 - Auditorium (PSI)

WHGA/001 - Auditorium



Geoffrey Greene (University of Tennessee)


Neutron beta decay is an archetype for all semi-leptonic charged-current weak processes. A precise value for the neutron lifetime is required for consistency tests of the Standard Model and is needed to predict the primordial 4He abundance from the theory of Big Bang Nucleosynthesis. An effort is under way for an in-beam measurement of the neutron lifetime that is able to evaluate the systematic uncertainties at the 0.3 s level. This effort is part of a phased campaign of neutron lifetime measurements based at the NIST Center for Neutron Research, using the Sussex-ILL-NIST technique. Recent advances in neutron fluence measurement techniques as well as new large area silicon detector technology address the two largest sources of uncertainty of in-beam measurements, paving the way for a new measurement. The experimental design, schedule, and projected uncertainties for the main subsystems will be discussed.

Primary authors

Nadia Fomin (University of Tennessee) Geoffrey Greene (University of Tennessee) Prof. Fred Wietfeldt (Tulane University)

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