The longitudinal polarization of positrons emitted along and opposite to th
e nuclear spin direction has been measured in the decay of polarized N-12.
The results are consistent with the Standard Model prediction. In manifest
left-right symmetric models this measurement provides a lower bound of 310
GeV/c(2) at 90% CL on the mass of a possible right-handed gauge boson contr
ibuting to the electroweak interaction. In generalized versions of this mod
el our measurement provides constraints complementary to those set by high-
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