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Note on Electron-Neutron Interaction

  • Edward U. Condon

Abstract

Assuming a possible short-range interaction between electrons and neutrons of the form V = (r N - r e ) where δ is the Dirac delta function and r N and r e are the vector positions of electron and neutron, respectively, it is shown that probably |K| < 30mc 2(e 2 /mc 2)3 from consideration of the effect of the interaction on slow neutron scattering cross sections. If K is positive and a little less than this upper limit this interaction could be responsible for the observed isotope displacement or spectral energy levels.

Keywords

Total Cross Section Fast Neutron Slow Neutron Neutron Interaction Average Relative Velocity 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward U. Condon
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  1. 1.Palmer Physical LaboratoryPrinceton UniversityUSA

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