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Dark side of the seesaw

  • Subhaditya Bhattacharya
  • Ivo de Medeiros Varzielas
  • Biswajit KarmakarEmail author
  • Stephen F. King
  • Arunansu Sil
Open Access
Regular Article - Theoretical Physics

Abstract

In an attempt to unfold (if any) a possible connection between two apparently uncorrelated sectors, namely neutrino and dark matter, we consider the type-I seesaw and a fermion singlet dark matter to start with. Our construction suggests that there exists a scalar field mediator between these two sectors whose vacuum expectation value not only generates the mass of the dark matter, but also takes part in the neutrino mass generation. While the choice of Z4 symmetry allows us to establish the framework, the vacuum expectation value of the mediator field breaks Z4 to a remnant Z2, that is responsible to keep dark matter stable. Therefore, the observed light neutrino masses and relic abundance constraint on the dark matter, allows us to predict the heavy seesaw scale as illustrated in this paper.The methodology to connect dark matter and neutrino sector, as introduced here, is a generic one and can be applied to other possible neutrino mass generation mechanism and different dark matter candidate(s).

Keywords

Beyond Standard Model Neutrino Physics 

Notes

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsIndian Institute of Technology GuwahatiAssamIndia
  2. 2.CFTP, Departamento de Física, Instituto Superior TécnicoUniversidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal
  3. 3.School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonU.K.
  4. 4.Theoretical Physics Division, Physical Research LaboratoryAhmedabadIndia

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