A polarized τ factory at the Next Linear Collider

Sekazi K. Mtingwa, Mark Strikman

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We discuss the importance of using the Next Linear Collider to study polarization effects in τ lepton decay. Our proposal is to Compton backscatter circularly polarized low energy laser pulses off an unpolarized electron beam of energy in the hundreds of GeV. The resulting backscattered photons also will have energies in the hundreds of GeV range and will be circularly polarized as well. Upon striking a fixed target, these polarized hot photons can produce copious polarized τ lepton pairs, which could be used to study τ decay, CP violation, and a number of other physics issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-194
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Oct 11 2001
EventProceedings of the Workshop on High Energy Photon Colliders (HEPC 2000) - Desy (Hamburg), Germany
Duration: Jun 14 2000Jun 17 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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