We report the first measurement of an angular correlation parameter in neutron β decay using polarized ultracold neutrons (UCN). We utilize UCN with energies below about 200 neV, which we guide and store for ∼30s in a Cu decay volume. The interaction of the neutron magnetic dipole moment with a static 7 T field external to the decay volume provides a 420 neV potential energy barrier to the spin state parallel to the field, polarizing the UCN before they pass through an adiabatic fast passage spin flipper and enter a decay volume, situated within a 1 T field in a 2×2π solenoidal spectrometer. We determine a value for the β-asymmetry parameter A0=-0.1138±0.0046±0.0021.
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
|State||Published - Jan 5 2009|
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- Physics and Astronomy (all)