Half-life of molecular tritium and the axial-vector interaction in tritium decay

B. Budick, Jiansheng Chen, Hong Lin

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    The half-life of tritium has been measured by monitoring the decay of the x-ray bremsstrahlung emitted by gaseous mixtures of H23 and Xe. The result, 12.310.03 yr, when combined with the end-point energy measured on the same sources, yields the product (GA/GV)=2.098±0.003, where is the Gamow-Teller matrix element. Combined with a recent precise calculation of the matrix element, this value suggests that the renormalization of the axial-vector interaction can be entirely accounted for by nuclear effects in the triton. The deduced value of GA/GV constrains the neutron lifetime to lie in the range of 897±3 s.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)2630-2633
    Number of pages4
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Issue number19
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


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    • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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