Modern Muon Physics: Selected Issues


Igor I. Strakovsky
The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

Vitaly N. Baturin
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA

Jess H. Brewer
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Dmitri Denisov
Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA

Feodor Karpeshin
Mendeleev Research Institute of Metrology, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Nicolai Popov
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Eichenau, Germany

Vladimir D. Shiltsev
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL, USA

Series: Physics Research and Technology
BISAC: SCI074000

Muon plays an increasingly important role in particle, nuclear, and atomic physics, and in applied research. The muon with the muon neutrino and strange and charm quarks create second generation of the Standard Model particles. Unique properties of muons, including its electric charge, mass, and lack of interaction via strong force made this particle a unique tool for discoveries of new elementary particles, including the Higgs boson, over last half a century. The prompt (by cascade transitions) and delayed (by weak muon capture) fission of heavy nuclei in muonic atoms became an important aspect of research. Use of muons as a probe particle to study various solid state samples recently developed in a separate branch of science. Muons can be used in the cold fusion for efficient energy production in the future.

The studies of the processes beyond the Standard Model, the proton radius puzzle, the rare decays of the muon and its conversion into an electron and muonium into antimuonium, and hints of a difference in the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon from predicted by the Standard Model, have become hot research topics. Muons are proposed to be used in accelerators providing ultra high intensity neutrino beams which will be used for studies of neutrinos, including their oscillations, which could shed a light on matter-antimatter universe asymmetry as well as for “Higgs factories” where a large number of Higgs bosons can be produced for in depth understanding of this recently discovered particle.

This book describes various aspects of modern physics involving muons.
(Imprint: Nova)



Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Proton Radius Puzzle

Chapter 2. Proton Radius from the Muonic Hydrogen Spectroscopy

Chapter 3. Rare Processes beyond the Standard Model

Chapter 4. Anomalous Magnetic and Electric Dipole Muon Moments

Chapter 5. Experiments for Muon Catalyzed Fusion

Chapter 6. Precision Measurements of Muon Capture on 3He using Advantages of IC/TPC Technique

Chapter 7. Topical Problems of the Muonic Atom Physics

Chapter 8. Methods and Applications of mSR

Chapter 9. Future Muon Colliders, Higgs, and Neutrino Factories

Chapter 10. Muons in Particle Physics: Discoveries and Precision Measurements

About the Authors



“This book offers an interesting description of the basic principles of muon physics and muon phenomena. It gives physicists an insight into the latest trends in the study of muons themselves, e.g., muon in particle physics, anomalous magnetic and electric dipole moments of muons, as well as in the study of phenomena in which muons are used as a tool, e.g., the puzzle of proton radius and µSR. This book is primarily aimed at physicists, but it can be successfully used as an introduction to modern muon physics for PhD students. It can be considered as the latest continuation of the basic three-volume work “Muon Physics” edited by V. W. Hughes and C. S. Wu, which is a very valuable contribution to muon physics literature.” – Dr. Wilhelm Czaplinski, University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland

“The muon is a heavier brother of the electron. We are not sure why the nature needs such brothers but they turn out to be very useful for physicists. The fact that they can survive coming to us from cosmos proves the relativity theory. Producing them in our laboratories serves many purposes, from studying other elementary particles to the probes of magnetic fields in condensed matter to the attempts to realize thermonuclear fusion of nuclei. For the first time we have a book that discusses in detail the numerous applications of muons in various spheres of science and our current understanding of this rich physics.” – Professor Vladimir Zelevinsky, Michigan State University, USA

“Particle physicists are often asked what they study in their laboratories and what for. And it is not a simple job to explain why research in the field of elementary particles is so exciting and promising. Muons are a very good example of how fundamental science meets the needs of the everyday life and creates a bridge between basic rules of physics and their applications. The book provides a detailed description of various phenomena with muons and this is done clear enough, so that scholars with strongly different knowledge of physics will benefit from reading.” – Professor Simon Eidelman, Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk, Russia


Professional particle and nuclear physicists. Researchers in Physics at various universities will certainly find it useful. The book can also be used as a teaching supplement by the instructors of advanced physics courses for students.


Standard Model
Proton radius puzzle
Anomalous magnetic moment of muon

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