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Low-energy photon production in neutrino neutral-current interactions

By Jonathan L. Rosner


The search for $\nu_\mu \to \nu_e$ oscillations by the MiniBooNE Collaboration at Fermilab has revealed a low-energy signal which could be due either to electrons produced by $\nu_e$ or photons produced by the interaction of the weak neutral current on the target nucleus. One contribution to the latter is a Wess-Zumino-Witten anomaly leading to a term in the Lagrangian proportional to $\epsilon^{\mu \nu \kappa \lambda} Z_\mu \omega_\nu F_{\kappa \lambda}$. This term is normalized with the help of the known rates for the processes $f_1 \to \rho \gamma$ and $\tau \to \nu_\tau a_1$. A rate of about 1/4 of that employed in several previous estimates is obtained. As the anomaly term had already been found to play a subdominant role in photon production (e.g., in comparison with $\Delta$ excitation and decay), the present estimate reduces its strength even further.Comment: 8 pages, 1 figure. Version with significant further revisions submitted to Phys. Rev.

Topics: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology, High Energy Physics - Experiment
Publisher: 'American Physical Society (APS)'
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevD.91.093001
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