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Homework Help: Pion decay and photon frequencies

  1. Oct 13, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    we are given a neutral pion moving at 0.98c straight in the x-direction. The pions rest mass is 135MeV/c^2. two photons are emitted in opposite direction parallel to the pion's motion.

    I need to find the two frequencies of each photon.

    2. Relevant equations

    m=0, E=p*c
    conservation of Energy E^2=(c*p)^2+(m*c^2)^2
    Beta = v/c

    3. The attempt at a solution

    i know that energy and momentum are conserved but i dont know exactly what i am meant to do with the momentum relation of each pion. i keep trying all different tactics but keep going in circles. i feel like im missing something really obvious.
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  3. Oct 13, 2009 #2


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    If you don't show what you have done, we cannot diagnose where you went wrong. You have two equations (momentum and energy conservation) and two unknown photon frequencies. Begin by writing

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