A systematic phenomenological analysis of the final-proton polarization in the neutral-current reaction νμ(ν̄μ) p→νμ(ν̄μ)p is given. It is shown that a measurement of the transverse polarization of the final proton could effectively discriminate between competing gauge-theory models (two classes of models predict large polarizations of opposite sign) and that it could also distinguish V, A neutral-current interactions from S, P, T. Longitudinal and (time-reversal- violating) orthogonal polarizations are also considered, as are the polarizations expected in quasielastic scattering.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)