Il Nuovo Cimento A (1965-1970)

, Volume 57, Issue 4, pp 678–688 | Cite as

Relativistic invariance without angular-momentum conservation

  • F. Selleri


We show that, contrary to a rather widespread belief, relativistic invariance does not necessarily lead to angular-momentum conservation. Noticing that there is no empirical evidence for such a conservation in weak interactions, we show that a new classification of strange particles is possible in which the K-meson has spin 1/2, the Λ and ∑ have spin 1 and the Ξ has spin 3/2. Our scheme can be proved or disproved with simple experiments.


Weak Interaction Relativistic Invariance Usual Scheme Traditional Scheme Strange Particle 
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Релятивистская инвариантность без сохранения момента


Мы показыбваем, что, в противоложность довольно широко распространенному мнению, релятивистская инвариантность не приводит с неиз-бежностью к сохранению момента. Отмечая, что не сушествует эмпирического подтверждения для такого сохранения в слабых взаимодействиях, мы показываем, что возможна новая классификация странных частиц, в которой К-мезон имеет спин 1/2, Λ и ∑ имеют спин 1 и Ξ имеет спин 3/2. Нашза схема может быть доказана или опровергнута посредством простых экспериментов.


Contrariamente ad una generale opinione la invarianza relativistica non porta necessariamente alla conservazione del momento angolare. Osserviamo che non c'è evidenza empirica per tale legge conservativa nelle interazioni deboli e mostriamo che è possibile dare una nuova elassificazione delle particelle strane in cui il mesone K ha spin 1/2, la Λ e la ∑ hanno spin 1 e la Ξ ha spin 3/2. Il nostro schema può essere controllato con esperimenti assai semplici, almeno concettualmente.


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© Società Italiana di Fisica 1968

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Selleri
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto di Fisica dell' UniversitàBari
  2. 2.Istituto Nazionale di Fisica NucleareSottosezione di BariBariItaly

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