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What experimental measurement could be used to show that a neutrino is a Majorana and not a Dirac particle?

I've just been reading something on the concept that neutrinos could be Majorana particles and not Dirac fermions. I was wondering what experimental measurement could show/prove that neutrinos are in ...
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Neutrino interaction probability [closed]

Just a quick question, if a single 1GeV neutrino (muon neutrino) were fired at a block of iron with a given density, $\rho$, and the neutrino-nucleon interaction cross section is $\sigma$, what would ...
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Construct an effective field theory of neutrino mass

This is the problem I am trying to solve. I kinda write down the Lagrangian as $$L = \frac{1}{2}m_L \bar{v}_L^Cv_L$$ but I don't know how to continue. Can anyone help me?
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Is there a way of detecting nearby type 1a supernovas?

The SuperNova Early Warning System (SNEWS) consists of several neutrino detectors across the world that can detect the neutrinos generated by a nearby supernova. As I understand, a Type 1a supernova ...
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Finding the mixing angle for two-neutrinos

I am trying to answer the following question; Light Majorana neutrino masses can be generated by the see-saw mechanism. Consider a mass term which, in the simplest case of one active and one ...
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Has a neutrino annihilation ever been recorded?

Can you tell me if an instance of neutrinos annnihilation has ever been observed or provoked? The say this event is very rare, since neutrinos are produced both by beta and inverse beta decay, isn't ...
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How to calculate probability of neutrino oscillation after a distance

I'm trying to calculate the probability of an detecting a muon neutrino after a certain distance, where the neutrino beam is entirely electron neutrinos as t = 0. I know I need to use the PMNS matrix ...
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How to observe neutrinos?

I know that neutrinos are the weakly interacting particles[possibly zero mass] that can pass through matter without any effect which makes them very difficult to detect. But I have heard that they ...
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Puzzled by a new result on neutrino speeds

In a paper appearing today on arXiv, Wie et al. have used the close coincidence of the time of arrival of gamma rays from GRBs and the detection of single 3-30 TeV neutrinos at the IceCube ...
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What direction are the decay particles of muons emitted in?

If I were to run an experiment where I could measure the neutrino as well as the positron emitted when a muon decays, what direction should i be looking in?
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Majorana neutrino masses from left-handed neutrino condensate?

Let us consider a model with only left-handed neutrinos and with a new-physics interaction between these neutrinos, which leads to their condensation below a certain energy scale. Can we in principle ...
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Why can the propagation of neutrino mass eignenstates be described by plane wave solutions?

I don't understand why the propagation of neutrino mass eigenstates are given by planewave solutions as expressed in this Wikipedia article. In addition to not being used to thinking in the ...
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Do neutrinos have mass? [closed]

I'm really curious on this subject and I want to know if neutrinos have mass. I know they are a subatomic particle, but how much mass.
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Can a neutrino reach the speed of light?

wikipedia says: Relativistic kinetic energy increases to infinity when approaching the speed of light, thus no massive body can reach this speed. what is a 'massive body': a body more massive ...
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How is each neutrino associated with a specific charged lepton?

For instance, why is an electron neutrino called that and what is its relationship with an electron?
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Neutrinoless double beta decay: annihilation of neutrinos or nucleon absorption?

I've a question regarding the interpretation of the neutrinos in neutrinoless double beta decay: The basic issue that I have is with papers that regard the decay as a neutrino-neutrino ...
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How can neutrinos have both mass and helicity?

If a neutrino has mass it must travel at less than the speed of light. So how can it possess helicity, which can change depending on relative velocity?
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If a neutrino and his antineutrino has different helicity how can it be a possibility that it is a Majorana particle?

All antineutrinos observed thus far possess right-handed helicity (i.e. only one of the two possible spin states has ever been seen), while neutrinos are left-handed. Notwithstanding that it is said ...
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Why only left-handed neutrinos have been observed yet?

This is what I understood (it may be wrong, so please correct me): since every particle is "divided" into a lefthand and a righthand partner, which is what guarantees the particles to have mass, and ...
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Reactor experiments are independent of CP phase

In several papers and also in books I got that the reactor neutrino experiment to measure the value of $\theta_{13}$ is independent of CP violating phases. But what is the reason of it? Why the ...
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Neutrinos are slower than gravitational waves according to their mass?

Neutrino bursts are observed before the visible light of supernovas, most famously SN 1987A. Astronomers likewise expect gravitational waves. Gravitational waves are supposed to travel at exactly the ...
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Is it possible that dark-matter is composed of a large number of neutrinos from the big bang? [duplicate]

They seem to have all the properties of dark-matter (massive, with no electromagnetic interaction). Could it be that many of the neutrinos produced since the big bang have formed massive neutrino ...
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Could neutrinos be used to take high resolution pictures of atomic nuclei?

Of course, this is obviously not feasible with modern technology but is it theoretically possible?
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Can materials near absolute zero absorb more neutrinos than at higher temperatures?

I was thinking about how in materials near absolute zero the debroglie wavelength of the electrons in the atoms is very large, and it occurred to me from physics that one reason why neutrinos are not ...
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A question about the Dirac mass and Majorana mass

I am sorry if my question seems to be naive. For the free Dirac field, the Lagrangian is $$\mathcal{L}=\bar{\psi}(i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}-m_D)\psi$$ or expressed in the Weyl spinor, the mass term ...
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Neutrinos and DNA

This is a question which bridges the gap between biology and physics... but I thought this was the best place to ask it. I remember reading a while ago that it is thought that neutrinos may play a ...
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Is a DIY neutrino detector feasible?

How long does a neutrino detector filled with distilled water need to be to pick up neutrinos from one direction at about the level of a distant star within our galaxy? Would an off the shelf ...
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Why neutrinos are weakly interacting? [duplicate]

I recently attended a talk on neutrinos, where the speaker said there are billions of neutrinos passes through our body every second, but in our lifetime the probability of alteast one neutrino ...
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Where do astrophysical neutrinos come from?

What I really do not get about them is collisions of cosmic rays with light produces high energy neutrinoes but cosmic rays have a little energy maybe less than a 5000 electron volt. How do high ...
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Would a neutrino bomb do anything? Or can weak force kill you?

In a disreputable animated cartoon (I accidentally watch every episode of religiously), a mad scientist plans on killing all humans with a Neutrino bomb. From context, this is a bomb that produces a ...
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Derivative coupling of neutrinos to massless Goldstone boson - calculation of decay width

I have a theory with a derivative coupling of neutrinos $\nu_{i,j}$ to a massless Goldstone boson $\phi$: \begin{equation} g_{ij}\partial^\mu \phi_\mu\bar{\nu_i}\nu_j. \end{equation} Now I want to ...
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How many neutrinos would it take to accelerate a 75kg human? [closed]

Assume that you have somehow creates a neutrino emitter that does not release any heat or light–just a lot of neutrinos. You weigh 75kg, and step right into the flow of the emitter. How many ...
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Are charges absolute or relative?

The charge of a particle is (mostly) an intrinsic property of the particle. One of the few elementary particles that doesn't have a charge are neutrino's. Does that mean that it is still possible ...
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Is a deviation from the equal flavor ratio of neutrinos ruled out experimentally?

Neutrinos have a lifetime which exceeds the lifetime of our universe. Therefore we measure an equal ratio of all three neutrino flavors, 1:1:1. However, lets assume that the heavier neutrinos can ...
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Can neutrinos cause $^{14}\rm C\to\,^{14} N$ beta-decay?

I half-heard in a lecture that radiocarbon beta-decay is caused by neutrinos passing close to the nuclei & weakly interacting with one of the carbon neutrons, flipping it to a proton and producing ...
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zee model of radiative neutrino mass

Without computing the expression for radiatively generated neutrino mass matrix $M_{\alpha\beta}$, in Zee model, is it possible to guess that the diagonal elements of the mass matrix vanishes? I ...
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Is it possible to go faster than the speed of light in vacuum?

If it is possible for particles to go faster than the speed of light in certain events, would it be possible to create a situation in which the barrier of the speed of light can be crossed?
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I need Resources on CMB Neutrinos

I am doing a research paper for upper level undergrad class on CMB neutrinos (C$\nu$B). I need papers that explain CMB Neutrinos from the ground up like the main theory behind the CMB Neutrinos and ...
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In typical decay experiments what range of energies do electron neutrinos and muon neutrinos exhibit?

in experiments over decay of particles, what are the typical range of energies of electron neutrinos and muon neutrinos? I would guess I need to specify in the inertial frame of a lab here on earth? ...
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Do muon neutrinos have more energy than electron neutrinos?

I saw an answer to "how to identify a muon neutrino and electron neutrino" as being "Weak interaction conserve not only the global lepton number, but the lepton flavor numbers as well. And that is ...
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What is the gravitational power that neutrinos created in the big bang exert on us?

I was thinking about the big bang, and I remembered that neutrinos not only travel at the speed of light, but they were also created in massive quantities very early in the universe (Hadron epoch). ...
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Do neutrinos get their mass via interacting with the Higgs Boson? [duplicate]

Do neutrinos follow the Standard Model and get their mass via the Higgs Mechanism or we still don't know about the origin of their mass as neutrinos with mass are beyond the Standard Model?
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Negative Mass Square

I'm reading a book about neutrino physics (from 1997). In the chapter about neutrino mass they list results of certain experiments. All of them get a negative value for $m(\nu_e)^2$ but a positive one ...
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How to understand particle decoupling in the early universe?

We often say that when the rate of some interactions, say the beta decay and electron capture, are slower that the rate of universe's expansion, then the corresponding particles, say neutrinos, ...
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Can the Higgs mechanism provide complex masses for quarks and neutrinos?

Can the Higgs mechanism give complex masses to quarks and neutrinos, or is only real mass generation possible? There exist complex phases in the CKM and PMNS matrices, can they be explained through ...
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Can both types of W boson be responsible for a neutron-neutrino interaction?

My textbooks lists the exchange particle for a neutron-neutrino interaction as being the W- boson. Is this the only option, or can it also be a W+ boson? Nothing jumps out at me that would suggest it ...
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Do neutrinos ever turn back to something less ghostly?

The most notable source of neutrinos seems to be the Sun. Obviously, the neutrinos are created from something else. Now as I think of it, they can just fly away through the solar system and be gone. ...
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Neutrino oscillation and mass [closed]

Neutrino oscillations indicate that neutrino have little bit mass. Among three neutrinos - electron, muon and tau neutrino - which is heavier? What is the mass range of these neutrino?
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Sterile neutrino constraints (summary of results)

Constraints on sterile neutrinos come from an amazingly wide range of different sources. From astrophysical observations (review1, review2) to particle physics experiments (MiniBooNE, Daya Bay, LSND, ...
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Is neutrino in superposition state else how does it knows when to change flavor?

Is the neutrino being in all 3 flavors at the same time until observed if not how does it know when to alter its mass and become another flavor?