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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Gamma-ray bursts and the relevance of rotation-induced neutrino sterilization
Author: Ahluwalia, DV
Lee, CY
Abstract: A la Pontecorvo when one defines electroweak flavour states of neutrinos as a linear superposition of mass eigenstates one ignores the associated spin. If, however, there is a significant rotation between the neutrino source, and the detector, a negative helicity state emitted by the former acquires a non-zero probability amplitude to be perceived as a positive helicity state by the latter. Both of these states are still in the left-Weyl sector of the Lorentz group. The electroweak interaction cross sections for such helicity-flipped states are suppressed by a factor of (m(v)/E-v)(2), where m(v) is the expectation value of the neutrino mass, and E-v is the associated energy. Thus, if the detecting process is based on electroweak interactions, and the neutrino source is a highly rotating object, the rotation-induced helicity flip becomes very significant in interpreting the data. The effect immediately generalizes to anti-neutrinos. Motivated by these observations we present a generalization of the Pontecorvo formalism and discuss its relevance in the context of recent data obtained by the IceCube neutrino telescope. (c) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Country: Holanda
Editor: Elsevier Science Bv
Citation: Physics Letters B. Elsevier Science Bv, v. 719, n. 41763, n. 218, n. 219, 2013.
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2013.01.053
Date Issue: 2013
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