73 research outputs found

    A Critical Appraisal of Some Concepts Used in Neutrino Physics

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    We examine the value of certain concepts highly regarded in the past decade, that concern neutrino propagation, models for the leptonic mixing, interpretations of neutrinoless double beta dec\ ay and of SN1987A observations. We argue that it would useful to strengthen the role of the discussions among experts of neutrino physics, regarding the hypotheses underlying the theoretical investigations.Comment: 5 pages, 4 figures. Presented at IFAE 201

    Neutrino and Collider Implications of a Left-Right Extended Zee Model

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    We study a simple left-right symmetric (LRS) extension of the Zee model for neutrino mass generation. An extra SU(2)L/RSU(2)_{L/R} singlet charged scalar helps in generating a loop-induced Majorana mass for neutrinos in this model. The right-handed neutrinos in this case are very light of the order of a few eV to a few MeV which makes this scenario quite different from other LRS models. We have analyzed the scalar potential and Higgs spectrum in detail, which also play an important role for the neutrino phenomenology. We identified the parameter regions in the model which satisfy the experimentally observed neutrino masses and mixings along with other experimental constraints. We have then studied the collider signatures of the charged scalar at e+ee^+e^- colliders with different benchmark points. It is possible to get a huge enhancement in the production cross-section of the charged scalar at lepton collider compared to the hadron colliders, resulting in a much stronger signal which can be easily observed at the upcoming ILC or CLIC experiments.Comment: 14 pages, 5 figures, 5 table

    Long-lived Heavy Neutrinos from Higgs Decays

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    We investigate the pair-production of right-handed neutrinos via the Standard Model (SM) Higgs boson in a gauged BLB-L model. The right-handed neutrinos with a mass of few tens of GeV generating viable light neutrino masses via the seesaw mechanism naturally exhibit displaced vertices and distinctive signatures at the LHC and proposed lepton colliders. The production rate of the right-handed neutrinos depends on the mixing between the SM Higgs and the exotic Higgs associated with the BLB-L breaking, whereas their decay length depends on the active-sterile neutrino mixing. We focus on the displaced leptonic final states arising from such a process, and analyze the sensitivity reach of the LHC and proposed lepton colliders in probing the active-sterile neutrino mixing. We show that mixing to muons as small as VμN107V_{\mu N} \approx 10^{-7} can be probed at the LHC with 100 fb1^{-1} and at proposed lepton colliders with 5000 fb1^{-1}. The future high luminosity run at LHC and the proposed MATHUSLA detector may further improve this reach by an order of magnitude.Comment: 23 pages, 9 figures, matches published versio

    TeV Scale Left-Right Symmetry and Large Mixing Effects in Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay

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    We analyze various contributions to neutrinoless double beta decay (0νββ0\nu\beta\beta) in a TeV-scale Left-Right Symmetric Model (LRSM) for type-I seesaw dominance. We find that the momentum-dependent effects due to WLWRW_L-W_R exchange (λ\lambda-diagram) and WLWRW_L-W_R mixing (η\eta-diagram) could give dominant contributions to the 0νββ0\nu\beta\beta amplitude in a wide range of the LRSM parameter space. In particular, for a relatively large WLWRW_L-W_R mixing, the η\eta-contribution by itself could saturate the current experimental limit on the 0νββ0\nu\beta\beta half-life, thereby providing stringent constraints on the relevant LRSM parameters, complementary to the indirect constraints derived from lepton flavor violating observables. In a simplified scenario parametrized by a single light-heavy neutrino mixing, the inclusion of the λ\lambda and η\eta contributions leads to significantly improved 0νββ0\nu\beta\beta constraints on the light-heavy neutrino mixing as well as on the WLWRW_L-W_R mixing parameters. We also present a concrete TeV-scale LRSM setup, where the mixing effects are manifestly enhanced, and discuss the interplay between 0νββ0\nu\beta\beta, lepton flavor violation and electric dipole moment constraints.Comment: 33 pages, 7 figures, 2 table