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Title

Weak decays of magnetized charged pions in the symmetric gauge

AuthorsCoppola, M.; Dumm, D.G.; Noguera, Santiago ; Scoccola, N.N.
Issue DateFeb-2020
PublisherAmerican Physical Society
CitationPhysical Review D 101 (3): 034003 (2020)
AbstractWe consider the decay π-→lνl (l=e-,μ-) in the presence of an arbitrary large uniform magnetic field, using the symmetric gauge. The consequences of the axial symmetry of the problem and the issue of angular momentum conservation are discussed in detail. In particular, we analyze the projection of both the canonical and the mechanical total angular momenta along the direction of the magnetic field. It is found that while the former is conserved in the symmetric gauge, the latter is not conserved in both the symmetric and Landau gauges. We derive an expression for the integrated π-→lνl width that coincides exactly with the one we previously found using the Landau gauge, providing an explicit test of the gauge independence of that result. Such an expression implies that for nonzero magnetic fields the decay width does not vanish in the limit in which the outgoing charged leptons can be considered as massless, i.e., it does not exhibit the helicity suppression found in the case of no external field.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.101.034003
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/216230
Identifiersdoi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.101.034003
issn: 2470-0029
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