A meta-analysis of neutron lifetime measurements

Rajan, A and Desai, Shantanu (2020) A meta-analysis of neutron lifetime measurements. Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, 2020. ISSN 2050-3911

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We calculate the median as well as weighted mean central estimates for the neutron lifetime from a subset of measurements compiled in the 2019 update of the Particle Data Group (PDG). We then reconstruct the error distributions for the residuals using three different central estimates and then check for consistency with a Gaussian distribution. We find that although the error distributions using the weighted mean as well as median estimate are consistent with a Gaussian distribution, the Student's t and Cauchy distribution provide a better fit. This median statistic estimate of the neutron lifetime from these measurements is given by 881.5\pm 0.47 seconds. This can be used as an alternate estimate of the neutron lifetime. We also note that the discrepancy between beam and bottle-based measurements using median statistics of the neutron lifetime persists with a significance between 4\sigma and 8\sigma, depending on which combination of measurements is used.

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Desai, Shantanuhttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-0466-3288
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: C50, D29, D50, Indexed in Scopus
Subjects: Physics
Divisions: Department of Physics
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2020 14:41
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2020 14:41
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/7593
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1093/ptep/ptz153
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