Khafizov, RU × Severijns, Natalis Zimmer, O Wirth, HF Rich, D Tolokonnikov, SV Solovei, VA Kolhidashvili, MR #
JETP letters vol:83 issue:1 pages:5-9
The aim of this work is the experimental observation of and research into a rare neutron mode. the radiative beta decay, where a new particle, the radiative gamma quantum, is formed along with the expected decay products: a beta electron, a recoil proton, and an antineutrino. The discovery of this rare neutron decay mode was conducted through identification of triple-coincidence events: simultaneous registration of a beta electron, a proton, and a radiative gamma quantum. The ordinary neutron decay was registered by double coincidences of a beta electron and a recoil proton. The statistics collected allow one to deduce the branching ratio (BR) BR = (3.2 +/- 1.6) x 10(-3) (90% C.L.) in the gamma energy region greater than 35 keV. This value of BR is consistent with standard electroweak theory.