Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

High Precision Experimental Test of the Symmetrization Postulate for Ferminons

Published

Author(s)

John D. Gillaspy

Abstract

A review is given of experiments that have been used to infer an upper bound on the degree (b2) to which the symmetrization postulate might be violated in nature. A proposed grouping of the experiments into seven different categories is put forth, based on different conceptual difficulties associated with interpreting them. Some comments are made about the strengths and weaknesses of representative experiments from several of the categories. It is suggested that there may be a considerable body of existing experimental data that could be analyzed to infer additional limits on SP-violation; as an example of this I consider the suppression of molecular recombiniation in spin-polarized atomic hydrogen by strong magnetic fields. While this article is limited to experiments involving ferminons, an extensive bibliography on both theory and experiments related to the spin-statistics connection in general is referred to.
Citation
International Conference on Spin-Statistics Connection and Commutation Relations: Experimental Test and Theoretical Implications
Volume
545

Keywords

experimental test, fermions, pauli exclusion principle, review, spin-polarized atomic hydrogen, spin-statistics connection, symmetrization postulate

Citation

Gillaspy, J. (2001), High Precision Experimental Test of the Symmetrization Postulate for Ferminons, International Conference on Spin-Statistics Connection and Commutation Relations: Experimental Test and Theoretical Implications (Accessed December 9, 2023)
Created January 1, 2001, Updated February 17, 2017