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Study of the neutron spin-orbit interaction in silicon

Published

Author(s)

Thomas R. Gentile, Michael G. Huber, Muhammad D. Arif, Daniel S. Hussey, David L. Jacobson, Donald D. Koetke, Murray Peshkin, Thomas Dombeck, Paul Nord, Dimitry A. Pushin, Robert Smither

Abstract

The neutron spin-orbit interaction, which results from the interaction of a moving neutron's magnetic dipole moment (MDM) with the atomic electric elds, induces a small rotation of the neutron's spin in one Bragg re ection. In our experiment neutrons undergo on the order of 100 successive Bragg re ections o the walls of a slot cut into a perfect silicon crystal to amplify the spin rotation. Here we report a measurement polarization rotation from multiple Bragg re ections. From these measurements, we determined the average atomic electric eld sensed by the neutron during Bragg scattering from silicon.
Citation
Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics)

Keywords

neutron scattering, neutron optics, Magnetic Dipole Moment
Created September 30, 2019, Updated January 7, 2020