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Title: Addressing the Majorana vs. Dirac Question Using Neutrino Decays

Abstract

We explain why it is so hard to determine whether neutrinos are Majorana or Dirac particles as long as the only neutrinos we study are ultra-relativistic. We then show how non-relativistic neutrinos could help, and focus on the angular distributions in the decays of an as-yet-to-be-discovered heavy neutrino $N$. We find that these angular distributions could very well tell us whether neutrinos are Majorana or Dirac particles.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Fermilab
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
OSTI Identifier:
1457156
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-CONF-18-186-T; arXiv:1805.07523
1674092
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-07CH11359
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 53rd Rencontres de Moriond on Electroweak Interactions and Unified Theories, La Thuile, Italy, 03/10-03/17/2018
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS

Citation Formats

Kayser, Boris. Addressing the Majorana vs. Dirac Question Using Neutrino Decays. United States: N. p., 2018. Web.
Kayser, Boris. Addressing the Majorana vs. Dirac Question Using Neutrino Decays. United States.
Kayser, Boris. Sat . "Addressing the Majorana vs. Dirac Question Using Neutrino Decays". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1457156.
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abstractNote = {We explain why it is so hard to determine whether neutrinos are Majorana or Dirac particles as long as the only neutrinos we study are ultra-relativistic. We then show how non-relativistic neutrinos could help, and focus on the angular distributions in the decays of an as-yet-to-be-discovered heavy neutrino $N$. We find that these angular distributions could very well tell us whether neutrinos are Majorana or Dirac particles.},
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year = {Sat May 19 00:00:00 EDT 2018},
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