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A Modern Introduction to Neutrino Physics

Frank F Deppisch

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A deeper understanding of neutrinos, with the goal to reveal their nature and exact role within particle physics, is at the frontier of current research. This book reviews the field in a concise fashion and highlights the most pressing issues, in addition to the strongest areas of topical interest. The text provides a clear, self-contained, and logical treatment of the fundamental physics aspects appropriate for graduate students. Starting with the relevant basics of the SM, neutrinos are introduced and the quantum mechanical effect of oscillations is explained in detail. A strong focus is then set on the phenomenon of lepton number violation, especially in 0nbb decay, as the crucial probe to understand the nature of neutrinos. The role of neutrinos in astrophysics – expected to be of increasing importance for future research – is then described. Finally, models to explain the neutrino properties are outlined. The central theme of the book is the nature of neutrino masses and the above topics revolve around this issue.

About Editors

Frank Deppisch was born 1975 in Ochsenfurt, which is part of the beautiful German region of Franconia. He earned his undergraduate qualification in physics at the University of Würzburg, where he also worked as a doctoral student and research assistant, and completed his doctoral thesis entitled Towards a reconstruction of the SUSY seesaw model. He is an associate professor within the high energy physics group at University College London.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

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2 Neutrinos in the Standard Model

2.1 Beta Decays, Pauli and Missing Energy

2.2 The Standard Model and Electroweak Physics

2.3 A First Look at Neutrino Masses

2.4 A Flavour of Symmetry

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3 Neutrino Oscillations

3.1 Oscillations in Vacuum

3.2 Oscillations in a Medium

3.3 Oscillation Experiments

3.4 Three Neutrinos and Beyond

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4 Lepton Flavour Violation

4.1 Lepton Flavour Violating m Decays

4.2 Muon-Electron Conversion in Nuclei

4.3 Lepton Flavour Violating t Decays

4.4 Effective Operator Approach

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5 Lepton Number Violation

5.1 A Second Look at Neutrino Masses

5.2 Two-Neutrino Double Beta Decay

5.3 Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay

5.4 Exotic Contributions

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6 Neutrinos Beyond the Standard Model

6.1 Flavour Symmetries

6.2 A Third Look at Neutrino Masses

6.3 Detectable Heavy Neutrinos

6.4 Gauge Symmetries beyond the SM

6.5 Neutrinos and the Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry

Bibliography

7 Conclusions

Bibliographic

Paperback ISBN: 9780750330060

Ebook ISBN: 9781643275413

DOI: 10.1088/2053-2571/ab21c9

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers

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