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Title: Shedding light on neutrino masses with dark forces

Heavy right-handed neutrinos, N , provide the simplest explanation for the origin of light neutrino masses and mixings. If M N is at or below the weak scale, direct experimental discovery of these states is possible at accelerator experiments such as the LHC or new dedicated beam dump experiments; in these experiments, N decays after traversing a macroscopic distance from the collision point. The experimental sensitivity to right-handed neutrinos is significantly enhanced if there is a new “dark” gauge force connecting them to the Standard Model (SM), and detection of N can be the primary discovery mode for the new dark force itself. We take the well-motivated example of a B – L gauge symmetry and analyze the sensitivity to displaced decays of N produced via the new gauge interaction in two experiments: the LHC and the proposed SHiP beam dump experiment. In the most favorable case in which the mediator can be produced on-shell and decays to right handed neutrinos (pp → X + V B–L → X + N N ), the sensitivity reach is controlled by the square of the B – L gauge coupling. Here, we demonstrate that these experiments could access neutrino parameters responsible formore » the observed SM neutrino masses and mixings in the most straightforward implementation of the see-saw mechanism.« less
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  1. Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (United States)
  2. Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, ON (Canada); Univ. of Victoria, Victoria, BC (Canada)
  3. SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of High Energy Physics (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of High Energy Physics (Online); Journal Volume: 2016; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 1029-8479
Springer Berlin
Research Org:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; Beyond Standard Model; neutrino physics
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