Definition of muon
: an unstable lepton that is common in the cosmic radiation near the earth's surface, has a mass about 207 times the mass of the electron, and exists in negative and positive forms
muonicplay \myü-ˈä-nik\ adjective
Recent Examples of muon from the Web
However, measurements at the CERN collider have shown a definite propensity for the mesons to underproduce muons, as reported at CERN in April.
There are three types of neutrino: the electron neutrino, the muon neutrino, and the tau neutrino.
Over the next few weeks the Muon g-2 team will test the equipment installed around the magnet, which will be storing and measuring muons for the first time in 16 years.
Muons are like electrons but heavier – with 200 times the mass.
The amount of CP violation once again works like a seesaw, with the rate of muon-to-electron neutrino conversions on one side, and corresponding antineutrino conversions on the other.
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Origin and Etymology of muon
contraction of earlier mu-meson, from mu
First Known Use: 1951See Words from the same year
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