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Fate of muon in atom

  1. Sep 27, 2012 #1
    I find that I cannot find some simple and basic data - when I search, I find recent articles working on advanced extra experiments, but basic facts are taken for granted there and not repeated.

    What happens to a muon in an atom?

    Obviously, a free muon decays
    with lifetime about 2,2*10^-6 s
    A muon in atom might do the same.
    But the muon in atom has an alternative reaction available:
    What is the branching ratio, in the ground state of mu hydrogen, between mu decay and muon capture?
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  3. Sep 27, 2012 #2


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    Try this rather long survey on Nuclear Muon Capture.
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