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Experimental Test of Parity Conservation in Beta Decay

Authors(s):C. S. Wu, E. Ambler, R. W. Hayward, D. D. Hoppes, and R. P. Hudson Publication:Physical Review Publication Date:February 15, 1957 Publisher: American Physical Society Citation:PhysRev.105.1413 Link:

In a recent paper on the question of parity in weak interactions, Lee and Yang critically surveyed the experimental information concerning this question and reached the conclusion that there is no existing evidence either to support or to refute parity conservation in weak interactions. They proposed a number of experiments on beta decays and hyperon and meson decays which would provide the necessary evidence for parity conservation or nonconservation. In beta decay, one could measure the angular distribution of the electrons coming from beta decays of polarized nuclei. If an asymmetry in the distribution between θ and 180' — θ (where θ is the angle between the orientation of the parent nuclei and the momentum of the electrons) is observed, it provides unequivocal proof that parity is not conserved in beta decay. This asymmetry effect has been observed in the case of oriented Co60.