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Magnetic Momentsand the Quarkic Structure of Nucleons |
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The magnetic moment μ of a point charge of q rotating about an axis at distance r away from it at a rate of ω radians per second is qr²ω. For a charge of Q uniformly distributed over a surface or volume the magnetic moment must be computed by integration over that surface or volume in exactly the same way the moment of inertia is computed for a mass M distributed over a surface or volume. This means the formula for the magnetic moment of an object is of the form

where R is in the nature of an average distance of the charge from the spin axis and k is a coefficient dependent upon the shape of the distribution of charge. For example if the charge is uniformly distributed over a spherical shell then k=(2/3). For a solid sphere it is (2/5).

The structures to be considered are nucleons, both as distributions of charge and mass and as compositions of quarks. The net magnetic dipole moments of a proton and a neutron, measured in magneton units, are 2.79285 and −1.9130. respectively. For an electrically neutral neutron to have a magnetic moment might be something of a surprise, but the radial distribution of charge easily explains it.

The average radius of the negative charge of the neutron is so much greater than the average radius of its positive charge that the net value of its magnetic moment is negative. It is notable that direction of the spin of a neutron is the same as that of a proton.

Nucleons in Relation to that

of their Composite Quarks

A proton is composed of two Up quarks and one Down quark. For a neutron its composition is two Down
quarks and one Up quark. Let μ_{U} and μ_{D} be the magnetic moments of
the Up and Down quarks, respectively.
Then

and

μ

Dividing the second equation by 2 gives

Subtracting this equation from the first gives

and hence

μ

The magnetic moment of the Down quark is then

Note the ratio μ_{D}/μ_{U}=0.7899744=1/1.2658638≅4/5.

Now remember that the magnetic moment of a particle is of the form

The charge of the Up quark is +2/3 and that of the Down quark is −1/3. Let the average charge radii of
the Up and Down quarks be denoted by R_{U} and R_{D}, respectively.
Likewise let ω_{U} and ω_{D} be their spin rates and k_{U}
and k_{D} the coefficients for the shapes of their charge distributions.
Then

and

(−1/3)k

Equivalently these are

and

k

Note that the ratio is

The radius and spin rate of a quark are related to its angular momentum

and Angular Momenta

The moment of inertia J of a mass M uniformly distributed over a spherical shell of radius R is (2/3)MR². For a spherical ball it is (2/5)MR². The general form is then

where j_{S} is a coefficient determined by the shape of the distribution of mass. Angular momentum L
is given by

The magnetic moment μ is given by

where K is a moment of charge analogous to the moment of inertia and having the form

Generally the magnetic moment of a charged particle is related to its angular momentum by

where α is a coefficient depending upon any difference in the shapes of the distribution of mass and charge. If the shapes are the same then α=1.

This makes μ directly proportional to Q and inversely proportional to M and explains why the magnetic moment of an electron is so much larger than those of the nucleons. Its mass is roughly one two thousandth of their masses. But Q and M can be expected to be proportional to each other. That means that if L is quantized then μ is quantized. Thus μ should approximately be a constant independent of the scale of the structure. In symbols

and hence

μ = (Q/M)L

Usually when angular momentum is said to be quantized this is taken to mean that the minimum angular moment is
equal to the reduced Planck's Constant, ~~h~~. But this not strictly true. If an object has n modes of vibration or oscillation
then each of those modes has a minimum of ~~h~~ so the overall minimum is n~~h~~. These
modes are also called *degrees of freedom*.

and Down Quarks

It is well known that the masses of nucleons may not be simply the sum of the masses of its quarks.
The mass of the positive pion meson, which consists of an Up quark and its corresponding anti-quark Down quark, is a small
fraction of the masses of the nucleons. Nevertheless consider what the masses of the nucleons imply
about the masses of the quarks. Let m_{U} and m_{D} be the masses of the Up
and Down quarks, respectively. Then

m

Thus

and

m

Thus m_{D}/m_{U}=1.00526. So essentially m_{D} =m_{U}.

Thus if the shapes of the charge distributions of the Up and Down quarks are the same then the ratio of the angular momenta of the Up and Down quarks should be

a ratio of integers. Since L=j_{S}MR² then if j_{S}=k_{S} for each quark

= 3.749355/6.61885 = 0.566466

Note that 9/16 = 0.5625 and 0.566466=(1.007)(9/16). Thus

So indeed the ratio of the angular momenta of the Up and Down quarks is a ratio of whole numbers. The fact that those whole numbers are greater than unity indicates that quarks may have complicated shapes with multiple degrees of freedom.

It is quite plausible that an Up and a Down quark have the same shape so k_{U}=k_{D}.
Furthermore there is a rationale for ω_{U}=ω_{D}. See Sensible Model of Quarkic Structure
of Nucleons.

These equalities would mean

But quark radii is likely to also be quantized; i.e.

where ν is an integer and ρ is a constant.

This would mean

The implication of the above is that

Thus it is significant that (9/16)=(3/4)².

For more on the quarkic spatial structure of nucleons see Sensible Model of Quarkic Structure of Nucleons.

(To be continued.)

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