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Title: Theoretical implications of 0νββ decay measurements

Lower limits on the half-life of neutrinoless double beta (0νββ) decay are usually interpreted as an upper limit on the effective Majorana neutrino mass. However, from a theoretical point of view 0νββ decay is an effective dimension-9 (ΔL = 2) operator, O{sub 0νββ}, for which the mass mechanism is only one possible realization. Any new physics model, which allows for lepton number violation (LNV), will contribute to the 0νββ decay amplitude. Here, after some preliminaries, I will discuss the general decomposition of O{sub 0νββ}. Most “exotic” contributions to 0νββ decay are of the so-called “short-range” type, i.e. involve heavy, electrically charged (and/or coloured) particles. Thus, current and future LHC data will put these exotic contributions to the test and either discover signals for LNV or rule out most cases as possible explanations of a hypothetical future signal of 0νββ decay.
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OSTI Identifier:
22490671
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1666; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: Neutrino 2014: 26. international conference on neutrino physics and astrophysics, Boston, MA (United States), 2-7 Jun 2014; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; CERN LHC; DECAY AMPLITUDES; DOUBLE BETA DECAY; HALF-LIFE; LEPTON NUMBER; NEUTRINOS; REST MASS