Home

A Suggested Model for Muon Decay

The muon has the same charge as an electron, but its mass is approximately 200 times that of an electron. Whereas an electron is stable, a muon decays into an electron and two neutrinos.

As in the case of the electron, we can model the muon as a spherical shell of negative charge concentric with a much smaller spherical shell of gravitational mass. In the case of the muon, the shell of charge is identical to the electron's. But the shell of mass is greater than that of the electron.

In the process of muon decay, the size of the shell of mass must decrease:

MassElectron=i 9.1094e-31 kg,        (1)

MassMuon=i 1.8835e-28 kg,        (2)

DMass=MassElectron-MassMuon=-i 1.8744e-28 kg.        (3)

If we assume that the electron is at rest following the decay, then -DMass must equal the masses of the two neutrinos. In this case each neutrino would have an approximate mass of

MassNeutrino=-DMass/2=i 9.3720e-29 kg.        (4)

Latest results indicate that v, the neutrino's speed is very nearly c (say v=.99999999c). This being the case, mo, the hypothetical rest mass of the neutrino, would be

mo=(i 9.3720e-29)(1-.999999992)1/2=i 1.28e-32 kg.        (5)