# What do pions decay into?

## What do pions decay into?

Since the charged pions decay into two particles, a muon and a muon neutrino or antineutrino, then conservation of momentum and energy give the decay products definite energies.

Can a pion decay into two photons?

They concluded that these data are consistent with the decay of a neutral meson into two photons, with a meson mass of approximately 300 times the electron mass.

### What is Dalitz decay?

Idea. In quantum hadrodynamics a Dalitz decay is the decay of an electrically neutral pseudoscalar meson into a dilepton pair and a either a photon (this is the original sense of Dalitz 51, a radiative leptonic decay) or a vector meson (a semileptonic decay).

Can a pion decay into an electron?

The second most common decay mode of a Pion, with probability 0.000123, is also a Leptonic decay into an Electron and the corresponding Electron anti-Neutrino. This “electronic mode” was discovered at CERN in 1958.

#### Are pions gluons?

The pion, as it turns out, contains not just two “valence” quarks but also a “sea” of virtual quarks that pop in and out of existence. In addition, the pion hosts gluons, which are the carriers of the strong force that binds quarks together (see 6 March 2017 Viewpoint).

What is the quark composition of a pion?

The positively charged pion is composed of an up quark and an anti-down quark. The negatively charged pion is a anti-up quark and a down quark. Composite hadrons formed from a quark and an anti-quark are known as mesons. Up and down quarks, their antiparticles, and quantum numbers.

## Can quarks decay into photons?

Since the π0 is composed of quark-antiquark pairs, it can decay electromagnetically into photons. It requires two photons to conserve momentum.

Why do pions decay to muons?

The heavier muon has a larger left-handed component, and its decay is less suppressed. Hence, pions usually decay into muons, although they have less phase space available.

### What is neutral pion decay?

Neutral pion decays meson has a mass of 135.0 MeV/c2 and a mean lifetime of 8.5×10−17 s. It decays via the electromagnetic force, which explains why its mean lifetime is much smaller than that of the charged pion (which can only decay via the weak force).

What type of particle is a pion?

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The pion is a meson. The π+ is considered to be made up of an up and an anti-down quark. The neutral pion is considered to be a combination of quark-antiquark pairs: Pions interact with nuclei and transform a neutron to a proton or vice versa as indicated by the Feynman diagram above.

#### Can two massive particles decay into a single photon?

Therefore, by conservation of momentum, the photon must have had zero momentum before the decay as observed in this frame. But this is impossible: photons always have momentum. Thus it is impossible for a photon to decay into a single particle.

Can quarks decay?

Up and down quarks can decay into each other by emission of a W boson (this is the origin of beta decay due to the fact that the W can, depending on its type, decay into electrons, positrons and electron (anti-)neutrinos, ).

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