Precision measurement of the positive muon lifetime by the MuLan collaboration

C. J. G. Onderwater, MuLan Collaboration

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We report the result of a measurement of the positive muon lifetime τμ to one part-per-million (ppm) by the MuLan collaboration using a low-energy pulsed muon beam and a segmented array of plastic scintillators to record over 2×1012 decay positrons. Two different in-vacuum muon-stopping targets were used in separate data-taking periods. The combined result gives τμ+(MuLan)=2196980.3(2.2)ps(1ppm). This measurement of the muon lifetime provides the most precise determination of the Fermi constant, GF(MuLan)=1.1663788(7)×10−5GeV−2(0.6ppm), and will be used to extract the capture rates of the negative muon on the proton and the deuteron in the ongoing MuCap and MuSun experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-235
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Physics B-proceedings Supplements
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

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