In a couple weeks, I will conduct a lab experiment where I measure the lifetime of the muons from the secondary cosmic radiation. For that, we have two detectors above each other, one will give a start signal, the other will give a stop signal, assuming the muon came to rest in the second detector and decayed.
There is a preparation question that says:
Muons as well as anti muons arrive at the surface of earth. Which nuclear process is possible for muons but not for anti muons? How does this qualitatively affect the measured lifetime?
As far as I know, the decay of the muon goes like this: $$ \mu^- \to \nu_\mu + \bar \nu_e + \mathrm e^-$$ And for the anti muon, it goes like this: $$ \mu^+ \to \bar \nu_\mu + \nu_e + \mathrm e^+$$
The Wikipedia page says:
The mean lifetime of the (positive) muon is 2.1969811±0.0000022 µs. The equality of the muon and antimuon lifetimes has been established to better than one part in 104.
What is that difference that they are asking about in the lab course manual?