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Homework Help: How to sum distributions

  1. Apr 13, 2010 #1
    Hi there!
    I have to find the angular distribution of a decay where I suppose I don't know if the parity is conserved. I made my calculus and I found that I have two possible final states, one with total angular momentum L=0, m=0 and one with L=1, m=1. Now I have to find the total angular distribution of the particles produced: I know that in the first state the eigenstate is Y(0,0) (Y(l,m) is the spherical harmonic), while in the second one the eigenstate is Y(1,1). How do I find the total distribution? Should I sum
    [tex]|Y^0_0|^2+|Y^1_1|^2[/tex]
    or should I sum
    [tex]|Y^0_0 + Y^1_1|^2[/tex]?
    In either case I don't find a normalized distribution
    Thanks
     
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