The PIENU experiment at TRIUMF (Vancouver, Canada) aims at precisely measuring the pion decay branching ratio (π+ → eν)/(π →μν). The current experimental value for this ratio is 20 times less precise than the theoretical calculation done within the SM, leaving a large window in which non-standard physics - new interactions or exotic particles - can be involved. Or, on the other hand, improved precision that would confirm the SM would set tighter constraints on new physics scenarios.

PPE People

Currently, David Britton and DanProtopopescu are directly involved in this experiment.


Code compilation

The MC code was obtained from svn (pienu02.triumf.ca/pienumc/trunk) and unpacked on the UI. Specific versions of CLHEP ( and Geant4 ( were installed in the user directory in ~/packages/. Detailed download and compilation instructions for CLHEP, Geant4 and the main pienu code were provided by Aleksey Sher via email (May 2011).

Monte Carlo

MC run using recommended settings, 100k events (to check):

Tagging Bhabha events

... Will be documented along the way ...

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PDFpdf PIENU_proposal.pdf r1 manage 381.7 K 2012-05-04 - 15:11 DanProtopopescu PIENU Proposal
PDFpdf TalkINPC.pdf r1 manage 3132.1 K 2012-05-04 - 15:08 DanProtopopescu INPC 2010 talk by Chloé Malbrunot
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