# Charged pion decay in to Tau

## Main Question or Discussion Point

This may be a silly question, but what prevents the decay of a Pion in to a (anti) Tau and (anti)Tau neutrino. I can see the process for the electron but not for the tau.

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Orodruin
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Conservation of energy. The tau lepton is heavier than the pion.

ChrisVer
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In the CM of the pion, it will have $E = m_\pi \approx 135 ~MeV$
Then decaying to something that needs at least (for its mass purposes) energy of $E \sim M_\tau \approx 1777 ~MeV$ is impossible.
That's something one has to check everytime he has a decay of the form : $X \rightarrow A_1 + A_2 + ... +A_n$
That's not though the case of $X+Y \rightarrow N- \text{particles}$