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Search for Admixtures of Massive Neutrinos in the Decay $\pi^+ \to \mu^+$ Neutrino

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DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.36.2624
OAI: oai:inspirehep.net:245807
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We have performed a search for admixtures of massive neutrinos in the pion decay π+→μ++ν at the Swiss Institute for Nuclear Research (SIN). Positive pions were stopped in a high-purity germanium detector and the energy of their decay muons was measured with a resolution of 10 keV (full width at half maximum). The energy spectrum of the muons was searched for additional peaks, the existence of which would have indicated lepton mixing; no such peaks were found. The upper limit for the branching ratio for the decay of a pion into a muon and a heavy neutrino has been significantly improved for neutrino masses ranging from 1 to 16 MeV/c2.

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