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Title: Right-handed neutrino production rate at T>160 GeV

The production rate of right-handed neutrinos from a Standard Model plasma at a temperature above a hundred GeV has previously been evaluated up to NLO in Standard Model couplings (g∼2/3) in relativistic (M∼πT) and non-relativistic regimes (M≫πT), and up to LO in an ultrarelativistic regime (M≲gT). The last result necessitates an all-orders resummation of the loop expansion, accounting for multiple soft scatterings of the nearly light-like particles participating in 1↔2 reactions. In this paper we suggest how the regimes can be interpolated into a result applicable for any right-handed neutrino mass and at all temperatures above 160 GeV. The results can also be used for determining the lepton number washout rate in models containing right-handed neutrinos. Numerical results are given in a tabulated form permitting for their incorporation into leptogenesis codes. We note that due to effects from soft Higgs bosons there is a narrow intermediate regime around M∼g{sup 1/2}T in which our interpolation is phenomenological and a more precise study would be welcome.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Department of Physics and Helsinki Institute of Physics, University of Helsinki, P.O.Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki (Finland)
  2. Institute for Theoretical Physics, Albert Einstein Center, University of Bern, Sidlerstrasse 5, CH-3012 Bern (Switzerland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22454506
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2014; Journal Issue: 12; Other Information: PUBLISHER-ID: JCAP12(2014)032; OAI: oai:repo.scoap3.org:5200; Article funded by SCOAP3. Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Sponsoring Org:
SCOAP3, CERN, Geneva (Switzerland)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; ASYMMETRY; BARYONS; GEV RANGE; HIGGS BOSONS; INTERPOLATION; LEPTON NUMBER; MASS; NEUTRINOS; PARTICLE PRODUCTION; PLASMA; RELATIVISTIC RANGE; SCATTERING; STANDARD MODEL