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Title: Why three generations?

Abstract

Here, we discuss an anthropic explanation of why there exist three generations of fermions. If one assumes that the right-handed neutrino sector is responsible for both the matter-antimatter asymmetry and the dark matter, then anthropic selection favors three or more families of fermions. For successful leptogenesis, at least two right-handed neutrinos are needed, while the third right-handed neutrino is invoked to play the role of dark matter. The number of the right-handed neutrinos is tied to the number of generations by the anomaly constraints of the U(1)B-L gauge symmetry. Combining anthropic arguments with observational constraints, we obtain predictions for the X-ray observations, as well as for neutrinoless double-beta decay.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1253026
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1285777
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0009937
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Physics Letters B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Physics Letters B Journal Volume: 758 Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0370-2693
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
Netherlands
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; warm dark-matter; sterile neutrinos; massive neutrinos; x-ray; ursa-minor; search; leptogenesis; unification; constraints; decays

Citation Formats

Ibe, Masahiro, Kusenko, Alexander, and Yanagida, Tsutomu T. Why three generations?. Netherlands: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.05.025.
Ibe, Masahiro, Kusenko, Alexander, & Yanagida, Tsutomu T. Why three generations?. Netherlands. doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.05.025.
Ibe, Masahiro, Kusenko, Alexander, and Yanagida, Tsutomu T. Fri . "Why three generations?". Netherlands. doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.05.025.
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title = {Why three generations?},
author = {Ibe, Masahiro and Kusenko, Alexander and Yanagida, Tsutomu T.},
abstractNote = {Here, we discuss an anthropic explanation of why there exist three generations of fermions. If one assumes that the right-handed neutrino sector is responsible for both the matter-antimatter asymmetry and the dark matter, then anthropic selection favors three or more families of fermions. For successful leptogenesis, at least two right-handed neutrinos are needed, while the third right-handed neutrino is invoked to play the role of dark matter. The number of the right-handed neutrinos is tied to the number of generations by the anomaly constraints of the U(1)B-L gauge symmetry. Combining anthropic arguments with observational constraints, we obtain predictions for the X-ray observations, as well as for neutrinoless double-beta decay.},
doi = {10.1016/j.physletb.2016.05.025},
journal = {Physics Letters B},
number = C,
volume = 758,
place = {Netherlands},
year = {2016},
month = {7}
}

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DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2016.05.025

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