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Ultra-Cold Neutrons

1st Edition

By R. Golub, D Richardson, S.K Lamoreaux

CRC Press

316 pages

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Ultra-Cold Neutrons is a complete, self-contained introduction and review of the field of ultra-cold neutron (UCN) physics. Over the last two decades, developments in UCN technology include the storage of UCN in material and magnetic bottles for time periods limited only by the beta decay rate of the free neutron. This capability has opened up the possibility of a wide range of applications in the fields of both fundamental and condensed state physics. The book explores some of these applications, such as the search for the electric dipole moment of the neutron that constitutes the most sensitive test of time reversal invariance yet devised.

The book is suitable as an introduction to the field for research students, as a useful compendium of results and techniques for researchers, and is of general interest to nonspecialists in other areas of physics such as neutron, atomic, and fundamental physics and neutron scattering.

Reviews

"… an excellent account of the development of UCN techniques."

-Contemporary Physics

"An excellent introduction to the production, handling, and uses of UCN."

-Science

Table of Contents

Preface

Research with ultra-cold neutrons

INTERACTION OF UCN WITH MATTER

Interactions of slow neutrons

Scattering from a single nucleus

Neutron scattering from a collection of nuclei

Reflection of UCN from surfaces

Quantum mechanics of a particle in a box with absorbing walls

PRODUCTION OF UCN

Introduction

Production of UCN

Working sources of UCN

UCN sources under development

Superthermal sources of UCN

UCN GAS

Introduction

The properties of UCN gas

Storage of UCN

Transportation of UCN

UCN STORAGE MEASUREMENTS

Introduction

Early neutron storage measurements

The search for the cause of the anomalously large neutron loss rates Improvements in UCN storage bottles and the search for low neutron loss wall materials

Present status of UCN storage measurements and techniques

UCN SPECTROMETERS, MICROSCOPES AND MONOCHROMATORS

Introduction

UCN spectrometers defining one component of velocity

UCN monochromators

UCN total energy spectrometers

UCN optics

Current UCN microscope and imaging systems

Future imaging systems

APPLICATIONS OF UCN TO FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS

Introduction

Neutron beta-decay lifetime measurements with bottled UCN

Measurement of the neutron electric dipole moment using UCN

The magnetic dipole moment of the neutron

The electric charge of the free neutron

Gravitational interactions of the neutron

Neutron-antineutron oscillations with UCN

Demonstrating Berry's phase using bottled UCN

The UCN-matter weak interaction

UCN SCATTERING

General remarks

Quasi-elastic UCN scattering from biological molecules

Elastic scattering of UCN

Up-scattering of UCN

Quasi-elastic scattering of UCN

APPENDICES

REFERENCES

INDEX

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI051000
SCIENCE / Nuclear Physics