Predictions of Effective Models in Neutrino Physics
2011 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Experiments on neutrino oscillations have confirmed that neutrinos have small, but non-zero masses, and that the interacting neutrino states do not have definite masses, but are mixtures of such states.The seesaw models make up a group of popular models describing the small neutrino masses and the corresponding mixing.In these models, new, heavy fields are introduced and the neutrino masses are suppressed by the ratio between the electroweak scale and the large masses of the new fields. Usually, the new fields introduced have masses far above the electroweak scale, outside the reach of any foreseeable experiments, making these versions of seesaw models essentially untestable. However, there are also so-called low-scale seesaw models, where the new particles have masses above the electroweak scale, but within the reach of future experiments, such as the LHC.In quantum field theories, quantum corrections generally introduce an energy-scale dependence on all their parameters, described by the renormalization group equations. In this thesis, the energy-scale dependence of the neutrino parameters in two low-scale seesaw models, the low-scale type I and inverse seesaw models, are considered. Also, the question of whether the neutrinos are Majorana particles, \ie , their own antiparticles, has not been decided experimentally. Future experiments on neutrinoless double beta decay could confirm the Majorana nature of neutrinos. However, there could also be additional contributions to the decay, which are not directly related to neutrino masses. We have investigated the possible future bounds on the strength of such additional contributions to neutrinoless double beta decay, depending on the outcome of ongoing and planned experiments related to neutrino masses.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm, Sweden: KTH Royal Institute of Technology , 2011. , xii, 64 p.
Trita-FYS, ISSN 0280-316X ; 2011:31
Neutrino mass, lepton mixing, Majorana neutrinos, effective field theory, Weinberg operator, seesaw models, low-scale seesaw models, inverse seesaw, right-handed neutrinos, renormalization group, threshold effects, neutrinoless double beta decay
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-35267ISBN: 978-91-7501-057-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-35267DiVA: diva2:426447
2011-08-26, FB53, KTH, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm, Sweden, 13:00 (English)
Enberg, Rikard, Biträdande lektor
Ohlsson, Tommy, Professor
QC 201108122011-08-122011-06-232011-08-12Bibliographically approved
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