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CP Violation in Σ0 decay
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Nuclear Physics. (Nuclear Physics Division)
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The non-trivial structure of the QCD vacuum gives rise to a P and CP violating term in the QCD Lagrangian. The fact that we do not see an observable CP violation in the strong interaction despite this CP violating theta term is called the Strong CP Problem. In this thesis, we analyze an observable consequence of this theta vacuum term in the decay of the ground state neutral Sigma hyperon. Due to the SU(3) flavor symmetry, the current upper bound of the neutron electric dipole moment can be translated to an angular asymmetry in the decay distribution of the Σ0 particle. The selfanalyzing weak decay of the Λ hyperon means that any P violation in the initial Σ0 → Λγ decay will result in an asymmetry in the angular distribution of the final decay products. Studying the Sigma and anti-Sigma hyperon decays, we get an idea of C and CP violation in the decay chain. The effect of the production process of the Σ0 hyperon on the angular distribution of the final products is also worked out. A significant angular asymmetry in the decay will mean not only physics beyond the Standard Model, but also physics beyond the CP violating term in the QCD Lagrangian

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2018. , p. 101
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FYSAST ; FYSMAS1066
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Subatomic Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338618OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-338618DiVA, id: diva2:1172832
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Master Programme in Physics
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