In order to determine the dependence of the probability of decay on momentum, mesotrons with range between 196 and 311 g/ of lead and mesotrons with range larger than 311 g/ of lead were investigated separately. The softer group of mesotrons was found to disintegrate at a rate about three times faster than the more penetrating group, in agreement with the theoretical predictions based on the relativity change in rate of a moving clock. A new value of the proper lifetime of mesotrons of (2.4±0.3)× sec. is determined, based upon measurements with particles with momentum of approximately 5× ev/c.
- Received 13 December 1940
- Published in the issue dated February 1941
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