Search for tensor couplings in the weak interaction
LPC-ENSICAEN, 6 bd du Maréchal Juin, 14050 Caen Cedex, France
2 GANIL, Bd Henri Bequerel, BP. 55027, 14076 Caen Cedex 5, France
Published online: 8 December 2007
The existence of exotic couplings in the weak interaction can be tested by a precise measurement of the β-ν angular correlation parameter a in nuclear beta decay. In the case of 6He, the ratio of tensor and axial-vector couplings can be determined. The goal of the LPC Trap experiment is to improve the limits on the existence of tensor currents. The LPCTrap setup is installed on the low energy beam line LIRAT of the SPIRAL/GANIL facility. The 6He+ ions are confined in a novel transparent Paul trap allowing the detection in coincidence of both the β-particle and the recoil ion. The detection setup enables to detect the position and energy of these two particles. The a parameter can then be extracted from the time of flight spectrum of the recoil ions. The first 6He+ decay events were observed in May 2005 during a commissioning run. Over 105 coincidence events have been recorded during a second run in July 2006.
PACS: 23.40.-s – Beta decay; double beta decay; electron and muon capture / 23.40.Bw – Weak-interaction and lepton (including neutrino) / 24.80.+y – Nuclear tests of fundamental interactions and symmetries
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