A Parity Violation Transmission Experiment for Undergraduate Laboratories

Thumbnail Image
Kennel, Levi
Yuly, Mark
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Houghton University
Because there are currently no published weak interaction parity violation experiments specifically for undergraduate laboratories, a simple parity violation experiment is being developed using circularly polarized gamma rays. A 60Co source will be placed on one side of an electromagnet, so that the circularly polarized gamma rays emitted opposite the beta particles will pass through the electromagnet core. A NaI detector detects the number of gamma rays that pass through the electromagnet, and a silicon detector detects beta particles opposite the gamma rays. The number of coincidence events will be measured when the electromagnet is polarized both parallel and antiparallel to the gamma rays – an asymmetry between the number of coincidence events for each orientation would show that parity is violated.
XLII Annual Rochester Symposium for Physics Students, University of Rochester, April 20, 2024
Student Projects
Authors retain the copyright for all content posted in this repository. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed beyond the Houghton University community without permission except in accordance with fair use doctrine.