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Slow neutron beam deflection by a magnetic field

  1. Aug 17, 2007 #1
    Is it possible for a beam of slow neutrons, to be deflected by a strong magnetic field? I have found something for a beta asymmetry in Wu experiments, but haven't understood much. Is it a particle physics subject?
     
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  3. Aug 17, 2007 #2

    olgranpappy

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    I believe so, because they possess a magnetic moment they will be deflected in a way similar to that of the Stern-Gerlach experiment... of course, the magentic moment of the neutron is much smaller than that of an atom (due to electrons).
     
  4. Aug 18, 2007 #3
    Is there anything more particular that I can read, that fully describes that phenomenon?
     
  5. Aug 18, 2007 #4

    olgranpappy

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    Chapter 1.1 of Sakurai's "Modern Quantum Mechanics" describes the Stern-Gerlach experiment. Chap 1.1 is actually the introduction, but he chose to present the Stern-Gerlach experiment there because it is a neat experiment... I think the experiment is explained in detail in most any quantum mechanics book. I'd just look in the appendix.
     
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