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Transition Radiation by Neutrinos

By A. N. Ioannisian, D. A. Ioannisian and N. A. Kazarian

Abstract

We calculate the transition radiation process $\nu \to \nu \gamma$ at an interface of two media. The neutrinos are taken to be with only standard-model couplings. The medium fulfills the dual purpose of inducing an effective neutrino-photon vertex and of modifying the photon dispersion relation. The transition radiation occurs when at least one of those quantities have different values in different media. The neutrino mass is ignored due to its negligible contribution. We present a result for the probability of the transition radiation which is both accurate and analytic. For $E_\nu =1$ MeV neutrino crossing polyethylene-vacuum interface the transition radiation probability is about $10^{-39}$ and the energy intensity is about $10^{-34}$ eV. At the surface of the neutron stars the transition radiation probability may be $\sim 10^{-20}$. Our result on three orders of magnitude is larger than the results of previous calculations

Topics: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.physletb.2011.06.095
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1105.0620
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