Limitations of Fermi Theory

  • Walter Greiner
  • Berndt Müller

Abstract

The Fermi theory of weak interactions is patterned according to the well-known current-current coupling of quantum electrodynamics. All observations could — up to now — be classified and understood within this scheme. Nevertheless, as we shall see, the Fermi theory contains severe difficulties and is therefore unsatisfactory. In order to reveal these difficulties we shall discuss first another phenomenon of weak interactions, i.e. the neutral currents.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter Greiner
    • 1
    • 2
  • Berndt Müller
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikJohann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Frankfurt am MainGermany
  3. 3.Physics DepartmentDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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