Induced pseudoscalar coupling of the proton weak interaction

Tim Gorringe, Harold W. Fearing

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The induced pseudoscalar coupling gp is the least well known of the weak couplings of the proton's charged-current interaction. Its size is dictated by chiral symmetry arguments, and its measurement represents an important test of quantum chromodynamics at low energies. Experiments over the past decade have produced a large body of new data relevant to the coupling gp. These data include measurements of radiative and nonradiative muon capture on targets ranging from hydrogen and few-nucleon systems to complex nuclei. The authors review the theoretical underpinnings of gp, the experimental studies, and the procedures and uncertainties in extracting the coupling from data. They also discuss current puzzles and future opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-91
Number of pages61
JournalReviews of Modern Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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