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How the two-body decay momentum distribution transform in lab frame?

by Chenkb
Tags: lorentz boost, two body decay
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Jun5-14, 04:35 AM
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For two-body decay, in the center of mass frame, final particle distribution is,
W^*(\cos\theta^*,\phi^*) = \frac{1}{4\pi}(1+\alpha\cos\theta^*)
We have the normalization relation , ##\int W^*(\cos\theta^*,\phi^*)d\cos\theta^* d\phi^*=1##.

And we also know that in CM frame ##p^*## is a constant, say, ##p^*=C^*##.

So, the final particle momentum distribution can be write as(I'm not sure),
W^*(\cos\theta^*,\phi^*,p^*) = \frac{1}{4\pi}(1+\alpha\cos\theta^*)\delta(p^*-C^*)
If the above momentum distribution in CM frame is right,
then what does it look like in the lab frame,
assume that the mother particle moves with velocity ##\beta## along ##z## axis.
I know it is just a Lorentz transformation, but how to handle this, especially the ##\delta##-function.

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Jun7-14, 07:18 PM
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You only need to transform the angle according to the usual formula (see for example p* is usually a combination of the masses of the decaying particle and of the decay product so it remains the same under Lorentz transformation.

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