Theory of Beta Decay: An Exposition and a History

S. B. Treiman and Lawrence M. Langer
Dec 16 1966

Book reviews of books by Konopinski and Wu-Moszkowski


It is quite obvious that the authors have participated deeply in the slow but steady progress of both the experimental and theoretical developments which have led to our present detailed understanding of the very fundamental process of beta decay and the so-called weak interactions.

A Critical Examination of the He-6 Recoil Experiment of Rustad and Ruby

C. S. Wu and A. Schwarzschild
Columbia University Dept. of Physics internal report
Apr 21 1958

Wu repudiates Rustad-Ruby experiment in unpublished CU-173 Columbia University report. Franklin says letter from Wu to Cavanaugh suggests reexamination was done in November.


The latest results of A-35 strongly indicate a vector-interaction in Fermi transition. The evidence of the recoil experiment of He-6 by Rustad and Ruby has been considered rather conclusively for tensor interaction. So here we are in a predicament!  
It is therefore highly desirable to look carefully into the He-6 experiment and decide whether any systematic errors due to oversight could have affected their interpretation

The following is a report of such an investigation, and the conclusion is that unfortunately some corrections which the authors neglected in their calculations turned out to be quite substantial and rendered the conclusion which they originally made definitely questionable.

The purpose of the re-examination is to point out the detrimental effects on the correlation results due to the presence of even a small quantity of He-6 gas in the diaphragm holes. Furthermore, by using an optical analog it has been possible to infer directly the pressure gradient of He-6 along the chimney hole and therefore substantiate our supposition. This is, unfortunately, what happened.

Acknowledgments. We wish to thank Dr. Richard Garwin and Dr. Luke Yuan for many valuable discussions concerning the measurement of the gas pressure gradient. We particularly want to thank Mr. K. Lattemann for his patient help in carrying out the investigation of the angular variation effect. To Mr. B. Rustad and Mr. S. Ruby we express our thanks for their cooperation. 

50 Years of the Mössbauer Effect

John G. Stevens et. al.
Mösssbauer Spectroscopy news,letter
Jan 1 2008

Readable history of Mossbauser science with numerous Stan Ruby mentions


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