The meson and its transformation into heavy particles

Majumdar, R. C. ; Kothari, D. S. (1939) The meson and its transformation into heavy particles Nature, 143 . pp. 796-797. ISSN 0028-0836

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The meson or mesotron was first introduced by Yukawa to serve as the connecting link between β-ray disintegration and the forces responsible for nuclear binding. Subsequent work has identified it with the penetrating component of the cosmic rays, but the meson has not so far been observed in nuclear reactions (apart from cosmic rays), for the necessary energy of about 100 Mev. has not been available except in the recent experiments on the fission of the uranium nucleus, which, however, have not so far been investigated in sufficient detail to make any definite conclusion possible.

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