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Title: Novel foamy origin for singlet fermion masses

Abstract

We show how masses for singlet fermions can be generated by interactions with a D-particle model of space-time foam inspired by brane theory. It has been shown previously by one of the authors (N. E. M.) that such interactions may generate dynamically small masses for charged fermions via the recoils of D-particle defects interacting with photons. In this work we consider the direct interactions of D-particle with uncharged singlet fermions such as right-handed neutrinos. Quantum fluctuations of the lattice of D-particles have massless vector (spin-one) excitations that are analogues of phonons. These mediate forces with the singlet fermions, generating large dynamical masses that may be communicated to light neutrinos via the seesaw mechanism.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. King's College London (United Kingdom); European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva (Switzerland)
  2. King's College London (United Kingdom)
  3. Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States); Academy of Athens (Greece); Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), Woodlands, TX (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1399803
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1498827
Grant/Contract Number:  
sc0010813; FG02-13ER42020
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Published Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review D
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 96; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS

Citation Formats

Ellis, John, Mavromatos, Nick E., and Nanopoulos, Dimitri V. Novel foamy origin for singlet fermion masses. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1103/physrevd.96.086012.
Ellis, John, Mavromatos, Nick E., & Nanopoulos, Dimitri V. Novel foamy origin for singlet fermion masses. United States. doi:10.1103/physrevd.96.086012.
Ellis, John, Mavromatos, Nick E., and Nanopoulos, Dimitri V. Tue . "Novel foamy origin for singlet fermion masses". United States. doi:10.1103/physrevd.96.086012.
@article{osti_1399803,
title = {Novel foamy origin for singlet fermion masses},
author = {Ellis, John and Mavromatos, Nick E. and Nanopoulos, Dimitri V.},
abstractNote = {We show how masses for singlet fermions can be generated by interactions with a D-particle model of space-time foam inspired by brane theory. It has been shown previously by one of the authors (N. E. M.) that such interactions may generate dynamically small masses for charged fermions via the recoils of D-particle defects interacting with photons. In this work we consider the direct interactions of D-particle with uncharged singlet fermions such as right-handed neutrinos. Quantum fluctuations of the lattice of D-particles have massless vector (spin-one) excitations that are analogues of phonons. These mediate forces with the singlet fermions, generating large dynamical masses that may be communicated to light neutrinos via the seesaw mechanism.},
doi = {10.1103/physrevd.96.086012},
journal = {Physical Review D},
issn = {2470-0010},
number = 8,
volume = 96,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {10}
}

Journal Article:
Free Publicly Available Full Text
Publisher's Version of Record at 10.1103/physrevd.96.086012

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