NEUTRONS, PARTICLES, AND THE UNIVERSE. Dirk Dubbers, U. Heidelberg. A. OVERVIEW. The ultimate aims of PARTICLE Physics :. Maxwell eqs., Schrödinger eq. electroweak eqs., quantumchromodyn., ... (works beautyf. ) gravitation, masses, charges, families,
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AND THE UNIVERSE
Dirk Dubbers, U. Heidelberg
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The ultimate aims of PARTICLE Physics:
Maxwell eqs.,
Schrödinger eq. electroweak eqs., quantumchromodyn.,
... (works beautyf.)
gravitation, masses, charges,
families,
...(doesn't work yet)
Derive the basic laws of nature …
e.g. 'gauge invariance' implies
E = /0
E+Bt = 0 B = 0
c2BEt = j/0
… from simple symmetry principle(s)
Link all this to cosmology:
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Beam energy in experiments:
Highenergy particle physics at TeraeV10+12 eV
Studies on 2nd and 3rd particle families
3rd: b, t, , 2nd: s, c, ,
Lowenergy particle physics at NanoeV109 eV
Precision studies on 1st particle family1st: d, u, e,e
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Sensitivity of neutron experiments:
Energy:E ~ 1022 eV
Momentum:p/p = 1011
Polarization:P ~ 107
Neutron exp’t:
EDM: E/ ~ 1/month
ncharge: 1Å on 10m
Pviolation: 0.000010 spinrot.
Neutronparticle physics:
free neutron
provides more than two dozen observables
Neutron Data Booklet 2002
addresses about two dozen
from particle physics and cosmology:
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redshifts and microwave background
pre1990: 'soft' qualitative evidencefor Big Bang
1990: 'hard' numeric evidence for Big Bang:
after 1 sec:freezeout of neutron/proton ratio to 1/7:
after 10 min:lightelement abundances:
relative to hydrogen
n
p
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n p+e–+e*
n+e p+e–
is universeopen, closed, or critical (flat) ?
This makes: number of particle familiesN
and density of the universe
accessible to observation! But:
Largest error is due to neutron lifetime
From 4He yield:
N = 13 /
ln/0 = 20 /
. · · . · · . . . · · . . . · .· . UCN
Measurement of in ultracoldneutron bottle Tn 1 mK
Neutron lifetime : 1985: (925 11) s
1990: (889 3) s
2002: (885.8 0.9) s
n = noexp(– t/)
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1989: Big Bang result, with new neutron lifetime:
N = 2.6 0.3 i.e. N is limited to 3 families.
Confirmed later by highenergy experiment:
N = 3.00 0.02 now used as input
in Big Bang calculations.
Z0  width at CERN
This leaves the average densityof the universe as the only unknown parameter :
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Answer: Yes, but not with ordinary matter!
Density of ordinary matter
Critical density
Y
/crit
Present status: Neutron lifetime is still largest source of error in 4Heabundance calculation
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Neutrinos oscillate: e ,
'Leptonnumber oscillations'mc2 0.05 eV
's
detection efficiency 1/
'Strangeness oscillations' mc2 1018 eV
Kaons oscillate: K K*
Do neutrons oscillate n n* (neutron antineutron, 'nnbar' )
'Baryonnumber oscillations' B = +1 1
Baryonnumber oscillations are allowed in some GrandUnified Theories.
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Experimental limit: nn* > 2.9 years
< nHn*> 1023 eV
(90% c.l.)
Present: limit on neutron oscillations probes 105 GeV range Future: neutronoscillation search with UCN ?
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Within seconds, solarsystem masses are created in SuperNova explosions. The field urgently needs neutronnuclear data.(from neutronfission products 'faroff stability')
SuperNovae do explode, though not on the computer.
n(C)= Cn(R)n(R)·dR
Mathematical 'theories of connections'
are right at the heart of avantguard physics.
1984: Berry's theorems on 'topological phases'
1985: first measurements with polarized neutrons
1995: 'hidden symmetries' detected with microwaves
2000: theory of 'offdiagonal Berry Phases' developed
2001: first measurements with neutron interferometry
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R(3600) = 1 AharonovBohm AharonovCasher squeezed states beat optics dressed neutrons optical pumping ...
This, too, is a neutron:
= I + II 2
Status: Nonclassical states of neutrons and UCN can be produced and used in neutroninterferometry and spinecho systems
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Neutrons are sensitive to all four forces of nature
1. THE 'WEAK' FORCE:
Neutrondecay measurements:
• neutron lifetime = (885.8 0.9) s
• electronneutrino correlation a = 0.102 0.005
• beta asymmetry A = 0.1189 0.0007
• neutrino asymmetry B = 0.983 0.004
• triplecorrelation D = (0.55 0.95)103 . . .
give nucleonlepton weakinteraction couplingconstants:
Vector: gV = (1.1470 0.0016)105 (c)3 GeV2
Axialvector: gA = (1.4602 0.0008)105 (c)3 GeV2
Phase(VA): = 180.070 0.120.
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Example: betaasymmetry in neutron decay
Experiment:
(= e)
neutrons spin up
Detector
Beamtime will start soon
Problem is overdetermined: precision tests beyond the Standard Model (see below)
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2. THE ELECTROMAGNETIC FORCE:
The strength of the electromagnetic force is given by the finestructure constant
= e2/c =(2Rh/mec)½
neutron measurements of:
h/mn = (3.956 033 3 0.000 000 3)107 m2s1
mn/mp = 1.001 378 418 87 0.000 000 000 58
give a modelindependent value:
1 = 137.036 011 0.000 005
nvn = h/m, h = Planck's const.
… plus R plus mp/me
is needed for precision tests of Standard Model
example: magnetic moment of muon
Theory (input ):
g=2.002 331 8320(14)
Experiment: 3 deviation?
g=2.002 331 8404(30)
Status: Neutron data give strengths of 2 of the 4 forces of nature
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Neutron: gravitational force/inertial force: = 1.00011 0.00017
3. THE GRAVITATIONAL FORCE:
Quantization of UCN in the earth's gravitational field: Do neutrons fall in 'steps'? Answer: yes, they do!
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4. THE 'STRONG' FORCE:(see below)
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Standard Model: strong interactions of protonproton, protonneutron, and neutronneutron must all be equal.
But: scattering lengths app = 23.82(1) fm
anp = 17.1(2) fm
ESS FLAGSHIP: DIRECT MEASUREMENT OF NEUTRON  NEUTRON SCATTERING LENGTH ann
UCN ?
N.B.: nn rate (nflux)2 !
Expected nn scattering rate: several events per minute
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. ..qq*.
Big Bang theory: matter and antimatter should annihilate each other
vs. evidence:we exist
explanation: violation of 'CPsymmetry' ?
(Sacharow 1965)
experimentum crucis:
Electric Dipole Moment (EDM) of the neutron:
if 'CP' explanation is right: EDM = 10271 ecm
= value required to explain our existence
if 'CP' explanation is wrong: EDM = 10321 e cm
= value predicted by the Standard Model
present experimental limit: EDM < 6.31026e cm
CPT=1
Ultracold neutrons !

EDM
+
(90% c.l.)
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ESSFLAGSHIP: NEW TYPE OF ULTRACOLD NEUTRON (UCN) SOURCE
Soliddeuterium UCNsource
Future: Question of dominance of matter over antimatter will be solved in the next twenty years. ESS should be in the game and provide strongest UCN source in the world.
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Standard Model:
Electroweak Interaction is 100% lefthanded
Did Universe start leftright symmetric, i.e. is lefthandedness an 'emergent property' ?
If so, then 'righthanded' heavy brother of Wboson must exist
did parity violation arise as an orderparameter during a phase transition of the vacuum in the early universe
Limits from neutron decay experiments:
mass of righthanded W:mR > 280 GeV/c2
leftright mixing phase: 0.20 < < 0.07
mL=81 GeV/c2
WL=W1cos–W2sinWR=W1sin+W2cos
(90 % c.l.)
Present: neutrons very competitive with highenergy work
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ESSFLAGSHIP: SPONTANEOUS TRANSFORMATION OF A FREE NEUTRON INTO A HYDROGEN ATOM
Experimentum crucis: would isolate effect of righthanded boson
Fasthydrogen recoil detector
n H(2S) + e*mS:+½ +1 +½ (lefthd.) mS:+½ +1 –½ (righthd.)
Decay volume
Cold neutrons
Optical detection of Lyman in fast coincidence
Interesting event signature. Expected n H rate: 10 events/minute
Future: sensitive yes/no experiment on origin of Pviolation
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When quarks are subject to electroweak force:
'down' = down + some strangeness + some bottomness
'strange' = strange+ some downness + some bottomness
'down' = down + some strangeness + some downness( with respect to 'mass eigenstates')
quark mixing matrix is 'unitary' (pure rotation in 'flavor' space)
Standard Model of Particle Physics requires:
this 'quarkmixing' should be a zerosum game
From neutron decay experiments:
3.0 standard deviations from zero observed: = 0.0083 0.0028
Present: puzzling deviation from Standard Model ?
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ESSFLAGSHIP: THE ULTIMATE NEUTRONDECAY CORRELATION EXPERIMENT
ESS neutron longpulset = 2 ms
Beam chopper
= 4.5 Å, = 1.5 Å I = 1.2 ·1010/s (peak)
Freeneutron cloud N = 2·108 neutrons
103m/s
Future: neutron decay at rate N/ =2·105/s studied under optimum conditions
107m/s
timeaverage: 104/s present rate: 2 ·102/s
Beam chopper
B
decay products locked to Bfield
e and p+ detector timegated
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D. SUMMARY EXPERIMENT
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E. CONCLUSION EXPERIMENT
Neutronparticle and neutronnuclear physics is a successful and growing field of neutron science.
in recent years: + 4 university chairs + 4 associate profs. solely in D
ESS WILL PROVIDE AN OPTIMAL TOOL FOR THEIR WORK.
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