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The left-handed neutrino is a 2-spinor field $\eta_A$, $A=0,1$, and the Majorana mass term is a bilinear, $\Delta L = \pm 2$ term without the complex conjugation in each term, $$m\cdot \eta_A \eta_B \cdot \epsilon^{AB} + \text{Hermitian conjugate}$$ Note that this Majorana term is the only bilinear term without derivatives that one may construct from a ...

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Because we have observed processes where the photon number is not conserved. For example positronium can decay into 2 or 3 (or more) photons. This means that it is not possible to assign a global conserved charge to photons. For neutrinos we can assign lepton number and so far we have not observed a process that would violate total lepton number (lepton ...

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First, let's clear up some terminology: the usual statement "Majorana fermions are their own antiparticles" is correct, but confusing because the words we usually use to describe neutrinos are made for Dirac fermions. If neutrinos had no mass at all, there would be two independent types of neutrino: a left-handed and a right-handed neutrino. These particles ...

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