The muon: Lonely orphan or missing link

Part I. Mass quantization: The search for the basis states
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 81)


Angular Momentum Wave Packet Current Loop Heavy Particle Spin Axis 


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References for Chapter 7

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    As an historical note, it was the necessity in the light-quark model for reproducing the nucleon as a multiple of the muon mass which led to the search for a model of the muon. And the investigation of the relativistically-spinning sphere of matter was motivated by the observation that if the moment-of-inertia I of a spinning sphere is I = 1/2 MR2 rather than the classical value I = 2/5 MR2, then the gyromagnetic ratio is given correctly for an equatorial current loop. Thus it was phenomenological necessity that led to the considerations described in Chapters 6 and 7, which may account for the reason that the relativistically-spinning sphere has not previously been investigated. As the first worker in the field to investigate the light-quark model in detail, the present author was the first elementary particle physicist to be forcibly confronted with these problems.Google Scholar
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    W. Pauli's quotation about the muon at the beginning of Chapter 7 is a somewhat apocryphal but popular statement that has been attributed to a number of different physicists.Google Scholar

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