Hypersharp Resonant Capture of Anti-Neutrinos

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Raghavan, R. S.
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Recent ideas suggest that the 18.6 keV antineutrino (nuebar) line from 2-body decay of 3H in crystals is emitted with natural width, motionally narrowed by lattice vibrations as in recoilless emission. It can be resonantly captured in 3He with geometrical cross section sigma ~10 ^ -17 cm2. A key technique solves a basic obstacle for achieving resonance--the chemical difference of H and He in metals. The low nue energy, the high sigma and the hypersharp sensitivity DELTA E/E ~10^--29 make an extraordinary tool for bench scale tests of nue theta13 oscillations and predicted Planck length limits on nuclear level widths in models of quantum gravity.
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High Energy Physics - Phenomenology, Condensed Matter - Other Condensed Matter
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