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Detecting Neutrinos

4 Electron Neutrino

This is section 4 of 13.

Here is its description.

The electron neutrino (ve) is an elementary particle which has zero electric charge and a spin of 1/2. Together with the electron, it forms the first generation of leptons, hence the name electron neutrino. It was first hypothesized by Wolfgang Pauli in 1930, to account for missing momentum and missing energy in beta decay, and was discovered in 1956 by a team led by Clyde Cowan and Frederick Reines (see Cowan–Reines neutrino experiment).



The experiment identified in the description is described in section Neutrino Detectors.

From the reference  of this particle, its mass is described in a topic neutrino mass.

It is important to get the background for a neutrino and how its ambiguous mass value arose.

Section Fermi's Interaction described the origin of a neutrino. Later, after a muon neutrino was named, the name of Fermi's particle became electron neutrino.

There is no need for an electron neutrino for the beta minus decay.

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