The neutral K meson or neutral kaon, K0, and its antiparticle, K(bar)0, form a remarkable quantum-mechanical two-state system that has played an important role in the history of elementary particle physics. Indeed, ever since the discovery of K0 half a century ago, neutral kaons have been a rich source of unique and facinating phenomena associated with their production, decay and propagation in both vacuum and matter. This overview conveys the unique beauty of a quantum-mechanical system that contains so many of the aspects of modern physics.
From the contents: Introduction.- K0 and K(bar)0 as eigenstates of strangeness.- The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Paradox; strangeness oscillations.- Propagation of neutral kaons in matter.- CP violation in K0 decays.- Semileptonic decays of neutral kaons.- Precision measurements.- Neutral kaons in proton-antiproton annihilations.- Neutral kaons in electron-positron annihilations.- Neutral kaons in fixed-target experiments.- The K0 system in the standard model.- Appendices.- References.- Index.
Series: Springer Tracts in Modern Physics (Hardcover)
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st April 1999
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.46