July 30, 2022 to August 6, 2022
Cliff Lodge
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Favourable Conditions for Majorana Phase Appearance in Neutrino Oscillation Probabilities

Aug 4, 2022, 5:00 PM
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Talk WG5: Beyond PMNS WG5: Beyond PMNS


Dr Khushboo Dixit (IIT Bombay)


The nature of neutrinos, whether they are Dirac or Majorana particles, has been an open question for long time. In the case of two flavour mixing, the transition matrix is real in the case of Dirac neutrinos but it contains a phase $\phi$ in the case of Majorana neutrinos. This phase does not appear in neutrino oscillation probabilities for vacuum oscillations as well as for matter modified oscillations. However, it was shown by Benatti et al. 2001, that for some special forms of quantum decoherence effects in neutrino evolution, this $\phi$-phase appears in oscillation probabilities. In this work, we ask the question: For what other forms of neutrino evolution equation does the Majorana phase appear in the oscillation probabilities? We show that, in the case of neutrino decay, the Majorana phase appears in the oscillation probabilities if the decay eigenstates are not the same as the mass eigenstates. The forms of appearance of Majorana phase in our work and that in [Benatti et al. 2001] can be distinguished from each other by their $CPT$ properties.

Attendance type Virtual presentation

Primary author

Dr Khushboo Dixit (IIT Bombay)


Akhil Kumar Pradhan (IIT Bombay) Prof. S. Uma Sankar (IIT Bombay)

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