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Probing Majorana neutrinos in rare π + → e + e + μ ν decays

  • Gorazd Cvetič
  • Claudio Dib
  • C. S. Kim
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Abstract

We study the rare decays of charged π mesons, π + → e + e + μ \( \overline v \) μ and π + → e + μ e + ν e induced by a sterile neutrino N with a mass in the range m μ  < m N  < m π . The first process violates Lepton Number by two units and so occurs only if N is Majorana, while the second process conserves Lepton Number and occurs irrespective of the Majorana or Dirac character of N . We study a way to distinguish the Majorana vs. Dirac character of N in these processes using the muon spectrum. We also find that the branching ratios could be at the reach of high luminosity experiments like Project X at FNAL or any proposed neutrino (or muon) factories worldwide.

Keywords

Rare Decays Neutrino Physics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro Cientıfico-Tecnológico de Valpara´ıso and Department of PhysicsUniversidad Técnica Federico Santa MarıaValparaísoChile
  2. 2.Dept. of Physics and IPAPYonsei UniversitySeoulKorea

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