Tritium decay and the hypothesis of tachyonic neutrinos
J. Ciborowski1 - J. Rembielinski2
1 Department of Physics, University of Warsaw, ul. Hoza
69, PL-00-681 Warsaw, Poland
2 Department of Theoretical Physics, University of ódz, ul. Pomorska 149/153, PL-90-236 ódz, Poland
Received: 12 October 1998 / Published online: 11 March 1999
Numerous recent measurements indicate an excess of counts near the endpoint of the electron energy spectrum in tritium decay. We show that this effect is expected if the neutrino is a tachyon. Results of calculations, based on a unitary (causal) theory of tachyons, are presented. The hypothesis of tachyonic neutrinos also offers a natural explanation of the vector-axial (V-A) structure of the weak leptonic current in neutrino interactions.