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I What happens to the mass of a muon when it decays

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  1. Sep 14, 2016 #1
    a muon has a mass about 207 times that of an electron. When the muon decays it produces an electron and two neutrinos (simplest form). Neutrinos have minimal mass, so what happens to the rest of the mass?
     
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  3. Sep 14, 2016 #2

    Vanadium 50

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    It goes into energy.
     
  4. Sep 15, 2016 #3
    Thanks, I sort of guessed that. But I was really wondering how the transformation took place and what form the energy took.
    I have not found reference to photon emission which I would have expected with deceleration energy loss.
    Having lost the energy equivalence of 206 electrons there must be some very substantial result.
     
  5. Sep 15, 2016 #4

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    The electron and the 2 neutrinos are the minimum particle emission

    I did find several references to photon emission the other day when looking up this subject
    have a deeper google :wink:

    Dave
     
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