Introductory Muon Science

Introductory Muon Science

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Muons are unstable elementary particles that are found in space, which can also be produced in particle accelerators to an intensity a billion times greater than that occurring naturally. This book describes the various applications of muons across the spectrum of the sciences and engineering. Scientific research using muons relies both on their basic properties as well as the microscopic interaction between them and surrounding particles such as nuclei, electrons, atoms and molecules. Examples of research that can be carried out using muons include muon catalysis for nuclear fusion, the application of muon spin probes to study microscopic magnetic properties of advanced materials, electron labelling to help in the understanding of electron transfer in proteins, and non-destructive element analysis of the human body. Cosmic ray muons can also be used to study the inner structure of volcanoes.Since the discovery of cosmic rays in 1940, elementary particle muons have become fascinating and exotic particles which ... we note that muons may be the key particles to provide answers to the basic problems associated with possible crises in ... Complete descriptions are given of ways to apply elementary particle muons to these three major human problems. ... are described in Chapter 1 and the sources of muons from both accelerators and cosmic rays are given in Chapter 2, anbsp;...

Title:Introductory Muon Science
Author:Kanetada Nagamine
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2003-10-16


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