# Majorana neutrinos with effective interactions in *B* decays

## Abstract

We investigate the possible contribution of Majorana neutrinos to *B* meson decays in an effective interaction formalism, in the mass range 0.5 GeV \(<m_N<5 \) GeV. We study the decay of the \(B^-\) meson via \(B^- \rightarrow \mu ^- \mu ^- \pi ^+\) at LHCb, which is a signal for leptonic number violation and the presence of Majorana neutrinos, and put bounds on different new physics contributions, characterized by their Dirac–Lorentz structure. We also study the bounds imposed by the radiative *B* decay (\(B^- \rightarrow \mu ^- \nu \gamma \)) results from Belle. The obtained bounds are more restrictive than previous values found for dimension 6 four-fermion contact vectorial and scalar Majorana neutrino interactions in the context of the left–right symmetric model for higher Majorana masses at the LHC, showing that the direct calculation of the effective *N* interactions contribution to different processes can help to put more stringent bounds to different UV-complete models parameterized by an effective Lagrangian.

## 1 Introduction

*N*, which appear as a natural consequence in several SM extensions. The discovery of neutrino oscillations suggests that the standard neutrinos are massive particles. One of the possible ways to generate their mass is the seesaw mechanism [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], which introduces at least one right-handed singlet and produces Majorana neutrinos. In this way one obtains masses for the standard neutrinos \(m_\nu \sim Y/M_N\) of order \(10^{-2}~ eV\) compatible with current oscillation data, assuming sufficiently heavy Majorana masses (\(M_N \sim 10^{15}\) GeV) and convenient Yukawa couplings of order \(Y\sim 1\). On the other hand, for smaller Yukawa couplings of order \(Y\sim 10^{-8}-10^{-6}\), sterile neutrinos with masses around \(M_{N}\sim (1-1000) \) GeV could exist. However, in the simplest Type-I seesaw scenarios, a major drawback is that the left–right mixing parameters \(U_{lN}\, (l=e,\,\mu \,,\tau )\) need to be negligibly small \(U_{lN}^2 \sim m_{\nu }/M_N \sim 10^{-14}-10^{-10}\) in order to account for light \(\nu \) masses [6, 7]. The mixings \(U_{lN}\) weight the coupling of the heavy

*N*with the SM particles, in particular with charged leptons through the \(V{-}A\) interaction

As suggested in Ref. [11], the detection of Majorana neutrinos (*N*) would be a signal of physics beyond the minimal seesaw mechanism, and its interactions could be better described in a model independent approach based on an effective theory. One can think of an alternative treatment and consider the Majorana neutrino interactions as originating in new physics described by an unknown underlying renormalizable theory valid at a higher energy (UV) scale and parametrized at low energies by a model independent effective Lagrangian. In this approach, we consider that the sterile *N* interacts with the SM particles by higher dimension effective operators, taking these interactions to be dominant in comparison with the mixing with light neutrinos through the Yukawa couplings, which we neglect [12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19]. We depart from the usual viewpoint in which the mixing with the standard neutrinos is assumed to govern the *N* production and decay mechanisms. Here, for simplicity, we consider a scenario with only one Majorana neutrino *N* and negligible mixing with the \(\nu _{L}\).

The different operators in the effective Lagrangian, with distinct Dirac–Lorentz structure, parameterize a wide variety of UV-complete new physics models, like extended scalar and gauge sectors as the left–right symmetric model (LRSM), vector and scalar leptoquarks, etc. Thus, discerning between the possible contributions given by them to specific processes gives us a hint on what kind of new physics at a higher energy regime could be responsible for the observed interactions.

Observable effects of the existence of sterile Majorana neutrinos such as lepton number violation have been sought thoroughly in hadron colliders like the LHC, \(e^+e^-\) and *ep* colliders, low energy high precision experiments as neutrinoless double beta decay searches (\(0\nu \beta \beta \)) among others (for comprehensive reviews see [6, 20] and references therein). In particular, heavy flavor meson decays could be the place where for the first time the Majorana neutrino effects were observed or, in the absence of a discovery, this fact can be used to set limits for its coupling to SM particles. *N*-mediated lepton number violation in rare *B* meson decays has been studied, for example, in [7, 8, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28], and the references therein. Concerning the resonant production of Majorana neutrinos in semileptonic pseudoscalar meson three-body decays, the recently measured branching ratio \(Br(B^- \rightarrow \mu ^- \mu ^- \pi ^+)< 4\times 10^{-9}\) for intermediate neutrinos with lifetimes \(\tau _N\) shorter than 1 ps at the LHCb experiment [29] gives the currently more stringent bounds on the mixing parameter \(|U_{\mu N}|^{2}\) in the case of the minimal SM extension by one Majorana neutrino (e.g. [8, 30]) for Majorana masses in the range \(2.5\lesssim M_N \lesssim 5 \) GeV.

In this paper we aim to exploit the recent *B*-decay data to constrain the possible values of the couplings that weight the contribution of different effective operators to the Majorana-mediated same-sign dilepton *B*-decay \(B^{-} \rightarrow \mu ^{-} \mu ^{-} \pi ^{+}\) and the radiative leptonic muon-mode \(B^{-} \rightarrow \mu ^{-} \nu \gamma \). The LHCb collaboration has presented model independent upper limits on the branching ratio of the first process [29, 31], and the Belle collaboration has set new limits on the integrated differential width of the \(B^{-} \rightarrow \mu ^{-} \nu \gamma \) decay [32]. The obtained bounds (for \(0.5 \lesssim m_N \lesssim 5 \) GeV) are more restrictive than previous values obtained for dimension 6 four-fermion contact vectorial and scalar Majorana neutrino interactions in the context of the LRSM for higher Majorana masses [33], and constrain the perspectives of discovery of Majorana neutrinos with effective interactions with GeV-scale masses by direct production in colliders and meson decays [17, 34, 35].

The paper is organized as follows. In Sect. 1.1 we introduce the effective Lagrangian formalism. In Sect. 2 we present the analytical results for the \(B^- \rightarrow \pi ^+ \mu ^- \mu ^-\) branching ratio and the \(B^- \rightarrow \mu ^- \nu \gamma \) decay in this formalism. In Sect. 3 we discuss our numerical results for the obtained bounds, and in Sect. 4 we make our final comments. The details of the calculations are presented in Appendices A, B and C.

### 1.1 Majorana neutrino effective interactions

An appropriate way to include the Majorana neutrino into the theory is to extend the SM Lagrangian. In this work we consider an effective Lagrangian in which we include only *one* relatively light right-handed Majorana neutrino *N* as an observable degree of freedom. The new physics effects are parameterized by a set of effective operators \(\mathcal {O}_\mathcal {J}\) constructed with the SM and the Majorana neutrino fields and satisfying the \(SU(2)_L \otimes U(1)_Y\) gauge symmetry [36].

*n*is the mass dimension of the operator \(\mathcal {O}_{\mathcal {J}}^{(n)}\).

Note that we do not include the Type-I seesaw Lagrangian terms giving the Majorana and Yukawa terms for the sterile neutrinos. The dominating effects come from the lower dimension operators that can be generated at tree level in the unknown underlying renormalizable theory.

The dimension 5 operators were studied in detail in [37]. These include the Weinberg operator \(\mathcal {O}_{W}\sim (\bar{L}\tilde{\phi })(\phi ^{\dagger }L^{c})\) [38] which contributes to the light neutrino masses, \(\mathcal {O}_{N\phi }\sim (\bar{N}N^{c})(\phi ^{\dagger } \phi )\) which gives Majorana masses and couplings of the heavy neutrinos to the Higgs (its LHC phenomenology has been studied in [39, 40]), and the operator \(\mathcal {O}^{(5)}_{NB}\sim (\bar{N}\sigma _{\mu \nu }N^{c}) B^{\mu \nu }\) inducing magnetic moments for the heavy neutrinos, which is identically zero if we include just one sterile neutrino *N* in the theory.

In the following, as the dimension 5 operators do not contribute to the studied processes -discarding the heavy–light neutrino mixings—we will only consider the contributions of the dimension 6 operators, following the treatment presented in Ref. [11]. We start with a rather general effective Lagrangian density for the interaction of right-handed Majorana neutrinos *N* including dimension 6 operators.

*i*, the right-handed

*SU*(2) singlet and the left-handed

*SU*(2) doublets, respectively. The field \(\phi \) is the scalar doublet. Also \(\gamma ^{\mu }\) are the Dirac matrices, and \(\epsilon =i\sigma ^{2}\) is the antisymmetric symbol.

The effective operators above can be classified by their Dirac–Lorentz structure into *scalar*, *vectorial* and *tensorial*. The complete expression for the effective dimension 6 Lagrangian terms^{1} can be found in Appendix A in [16].

*B*decays \(B^-\rightarrow \mu ^-\mu ^-\pi ^+\) in Sect. 2.1 and \(B^- \rightarrow \mu ^- \nu \gamma \) in Sect. 2.2, mediated by an on-shell Majorana neutrino

*N*. We can thus take into account the following effective Lagrangian terms involved in the \(B^- \rightarrow \mu ^- N\) and \(N\rightarrow \mu ^-\pi ^+\) processes [from Eqs. (3) and (4)]:

*h*being the Higgs field and

*v*its vacuum expectation value, we can write the Lagrangian (6) terms involved in our calculation (and its charge conjugate), as

*i*) are written in terms of the massive fields (subscript \(\beta \)) as

*i*is understood. The couplings \(\alpha ^{(i)}_{NB}\) and \(\alpha ^{(i)}_{NW}\) correspond, respectively, to the operators in (5).

## 2 *N* mediated *B* decays

*N*it allows one to probe masses up to \(m_N=5 \) GeV. Also, the radiative muon-mode \(B^{-} \rightarrow \mu ^{-} \nu \gamma \) shown in Fig. 4 is well suited to probe this mass range, as the \(N \rightarrow \nu \gamma \) channel dominates the total

*N*decay with for Majorana masses up to 30 GeV [15].

We calculate the decay of the \(B^-\) meson for the two studied processes in two stages. Firstly we obtain the decay of \(B^-\) to a muon \(\mu ^-\) and a Majorana neutrino *N*. Secondly, we calculate the decay of \(N \rightarrow \mu ^- \pi ^+\) and the radiative decay \(N \rightarrow \nu \gamma \).

*N*decay width we include all the kinematically allowed channels for a Majorana neutrino of mass in the range \(0.5 ~GeV<m_N<5 \) GeV which are depicted in Fig. 2. In our calculation we keep all the final-state masses.

*N*decay width are described in Ref. [16]. In Figs. 3a and 3b we present the results for the total width \(\Gamma _N\) for the different sets of effective couplings, as will be described in Sect. 3.1.

### 2.1 The \(B^{-} \rightarrow \mu ^{-} \mu ^{-} \pi ^{+}\) decay

*vectorial*and

*scalar*interactions.

*b*quark fields by

*d*quarks, we find the decay width for the \(N\rightarrow \pi ^+ \mu ^-\) process pictured in Fig. 1 to be

^{2}

### 2.2 The \(B^- \rightarrow \mu ^{-} \nu \gamma \) decay

*B*decays have been extensively studied in the literature [42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47], as they are a means of probing the strong and weak SM interactions in a heavy meson system. The measurement of pure leptonic

*B*decays is very difficult due to helicity suppression and the fact of having only one detected final-state particle. On the other hand the radiative modes, with an extra real final photon, can be even larger than the pure leptonic modes as they escape helicity suppression and are also easier to reconstruct.

The Belle collaboration has recently released an analysis of the full Belle experiment dataset [32] using new theoretical inputs [47] for the QCD calculations and new algorithms prepared for the Belle II experiment. They obtain the experimental bound \(\Delta Br^\mathrm{exp}_{B^- \rightarrow \mu ^{-} \nu \gamma }< 3.4 \times 10^{-6}\) for the integrated partial branching ratio of the muon-mode radiative *B* decay.

We consider the SM and the effective contribution coming from the \(B \rightarrow \mu N\) followed by \(N \rightarrow \nu \gamma \) reaction as pictured in Fig. 4, and we use the Belle bound to set limits on the one-loop generated effective couplings involved in this last decay mode, as will be discussed in Sect. 3.1.

## 3 Results and discussion

### 3.1 Numerical treatment

The aim of this work is to study the bounds that can be set on the different couplings \(\alpha _{\mathcal {J}}\) in the effective dimension 6 Lagrangian (2) involved in *N* mediated *B* decays by exploiting the experimental results existing on the \(B^{-} \rightarrow \mu ^{-} \mu ^{-} \pi ^{+}\) [29] and \(B^{-} \rightarrow \mu ^{-} \nu \gamma \) [32] processes.

Some of the operators involving the first fermion family (with indices \(i=1\)) are strongly constrained by the neutrinoless double beta decay bounds, currently obtained by the KamLAND-Zen collaboration [49]. Following the treatment already made in Ref. [16], the values of the \(0\nu \beta \beta \)-decay constrained couplings \(\alpha ^{(1)}_W,\,\alpha ^{(1)}_{V_0},\,\alpha ^{(1)}_{S_{1,2,3}}\) are taken as equal to the bound \(\alpha ^b_{0\nu \beta \beta }=3.2\times 10^{-2}\left( \frac{m_N}{100 GeV} \right) ^{1/2}\) for \(\Lambda =1\) TeV. These operators appear as contributions to the \(\Gamma _N\) width.

The *B* to final muon decays studied in this work allow us to set bounds on the couplings involving the second fermion family (generically \(\alpha ^{(2)}_{\mathcal {J}}\)). As we found in Sect. 2, the \(B \rightarrow \mu ^- N\) effective decay depends on the couplings appearing in the vectorial (\(A_V\)) and scalar (\(A_S\)) interactions in (17), the \(N \rightarrow \mu ^- \pi ^+\) depends on the \(C_{V}\) and \(C_S\) couplings in (19) and the \(N \rightarrow \nu \gamma \) depends on the one-loop tensorial couplings in (10).

The new quark flavor-mixing matrices combinations^{3} \(Y^{qq'}\) appearing in the first two cases are unknown, and in principle their entries may be found by independent measurements, as is done in the case of the SM \(V_{CKM}\) matrix. In this occasion we will make an ansatz and consider that all the \(Y^{ub}\) values in (15) shall be of the order of the SM \(V^{ub}\) value, taking it as a measure of the strength of the coupling between the *u* and *b* quarks. Correspondingly, we will consider the \(Y^{ud}\) values to be of the order of the SM \(V^{ud}\) *CKM* mixing.

*B*-decay data.

*V*,

*S*,

*L*) the factors multiplying the vectorial, scalar and one-loop generated operators respectively, we can define six sets, presented in Table 1.

Effective operators benchmark sets

Operators | Couplings | Type | Set1 | Set2 | Set3 | Set4 | Set5 | Set6 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

\(\mathcal {O}_{L N \phi }\), \(\mathcal {O}_{duNL}\) | \(\alpha ^{(2)}_{W}\) \(\alpha ^{(2)}_{V_0}\) | V | 1 | 1 | 0 | 1 | 1 | 0 |

\(\mathcal {O}_{QuNL}\), \(\mathcal {O}_{LNQd}\), \(\mathcal {O}_{QNLd}\qquad \) | \(\alpha ^{(2)}_{S_1} \) \(\alpha ^{(2)}_{S_2}\) \(\alpha ^{(2)}_{S_3}\) | S | 1 | 0 | 1 | 1 | 0 | 1 |

\(\mathcal {O}_{NB}\), \(\mathcal {O}_{NW}\) | \(\alpha ^{(2)}_{NB}\) \(\alpha ^{(2)}_{NW}\) | L | 1 | 1 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 |

*B*-decay data to put bounds on the effective couplings in Table 1, we will take them as equal to the same value \(\alpha \), and use the experimental results constraining the value of the combination \(U^2\) defined in (22). We have \(\alpha =2\Lambda ^2/v^2 \sqrt{U^2}\) for the tree-level generated operators (which are the vectorial and scalar operators), and in the case of one-loop generated operators we have \(\alpha = \frac{1}{16 \pi ^2}\frac{2\Lambda ^2}{v^2}\sqrt{U^2}\). This allows us to write the numerical results for the total Majorana neutrino decay width \(\Gamma _N\), the branching ratio \(Br^\mathrm{eff}({B^-\rightarrow \mu ^-\mu ^- \pi ^+})\) in (20) and the integrated effective branching ratio \(\Delta Br^\mathrm{eff}(B^- \rightarrow \mu \nu \gamma )\) in (21) as a function of the Majorana neutrino mass \(m_N\) and the \(U^2\) combination.

Sets 1, 2 and 3 in Table 1 take into account the contributions of the one-loop generated effective couplings in Ref. (10) to the *N* decay width. In particular these sets allow for the existence of the \(N\rightarrow \nu \gamma \) decay channel represented in Fig. 2. As we found in [16], this channel gives the dominant contribution to the *N* decay width for the low mass \(m_N\) range considered in this work. Sets 4, 5 and 6 discard this contribution. As can be seen in Fig. 3, the total \(\Gamma _N\) width is around three orders of magnitude higher in sets 1, 2 and 3 (Fig. 3a) than in sets 4, 5 and 6 (Fig. 3b). In fact, as the scalar and vectorial couplings contribution to the *N* decay in this mass range is so poor, the three curves in Fig. 3a cannot be distinguished in the plot scale. This effect in the \(\Gamma _N\) value will explain many of the differences in the bounds we obtain for the \(U^2\) combination when we consider one group of sets or the other, as will be discussed below.

### 3.2 Obtained bounds

We start by discussing the bounds obtained from the LHCb results on the \(B^-\rightarrow \mu ^-\mu ^- \pi ^+\) decays. The LHCb collaboration has presented a search for Majorana-mediated \(B^-\rightarrow \mu ^-\mu ^- \pi ^+\) decays [29], where they obtain model independent limits on the branching ratio \(Br(B^-\rightarrow \mu ^- \mu ^- \pi ^{+})= Br(B^-\rightarrow \mu ^- N) . Br(N \rightarrow \mu ^- \pi ^{+})\) as a function of the Majorana mass \(m_N\) and lifetime \(\tau _N\), ranging from 1 to 1000 ps. The results are presented in their figure 5, where they show the upper limits obtained for the above product, at \(95\%\)C.L.

Following the procedure in Ref. [50], we convert the model independent LHCb upper limits on the branching ratio \(Br(B^-\rightarrow \mu ^- \mu ^- \pi ^{+})\) into limits on the combination \(U^{2}\) defined in (22). For each value of \(m_N\) (which fixes the value of \(\tau _N\) for a given \(U^2\) value in the effective model) we scan through the values of \(U^{2}\) for which our computed branching fraction (20) equals the upper bound in Ref. [29]. For the experimental values, we consider the data in Fig. 5, which reproduces the values presented in Figure 5 of Ref. [29]. The obtained constraints on the \(U^{2}\) values are presented in Fig. 6a for the coupling sets 1, 2 and 3 in Table 1, and Fig. 6b for sets 4, 5 and 6. For comparison, in both figures we add the revised bounds obtained by the authors in Ref. [50], where they derive upper bounds on the Type-I seesaw mixing angle \(|U_{\mu N}|^2\) in (1) from the LHCb results.

As can be seen in the plots, the bounds we obtain for \(U^2\) in the sets 1, 2 and 3 (Fig. 6a) are weaker than those we get in sets 4, 5 and 6 (Fig. 6b). This is explained by the different \(\Gamma _N\) values in the two groups of sets discussed above: in the case of sets 4, 5 and 6, the value of the branching ratio \(Br^\mathrm{eff}({B^-\rightarrow \mu ^-\mu ^- \pi ^+})\) in (20) is around \(10^3\) times higher, because the \(\Gamma _N\) factor in the denominator is lower than in sets 1, 2 and 3, and thus we obtain more restrictive bounds for the \(U^2\) combination when we do not take into account the one-loop generated effective couplings contribution.

On the other hand, among the sets in each figure, we find that we place stronger bounds on the scalar couplings (considering their sole effect in set 6, and with one-loop couplings in set 3). This is due to the presence of the light quark masses in the denominators of the scalar terms (B3), enhancing these contributions to the \(Br(B^- \rightarrow \mu ^- N)\) in (16) and the \(Br(N \rightarrow \mu ^- \pi ^-)\) in (18). In sets 1 and 4 the contributions of the scalar and vectorial couplings are considered together.

Regarding the behavior of the curves for Majorana masses \(m_N\) near the *B* mass, in this limit the decay \(B \rightarrow \mu N\) is kinematically suppressed. This, of course, loosens the constraint on \(U^2\), as can be seen in both Fig. 6a, b. A more detailed analysis of the decay width \(\Gamma (B \rightarrow \mu N)\) in (16) shows that the third term in the right hand side, involving the product of vectorial and scalar operators, is the one going to zero more slowly in this limit: while sets 2 and 3 both give a null contribution from this term, as they put scalar or vectorial operators equal to zero, set 1 keeps this contribution. This is why the curves for sets 2 and 3 in Fig. 6a show similar behaviors, while the curve for set 1 still presents a stronger constraint. The effect is not as big in the curves of Fig. 6b, given that in these sets the different value of \(\Gamma _N\), as shown in Fig. 3b, separates the curves for sets 5 and 6. We have checked that the apparent close matching of the curves in Fig. 6a for set 1 and the constraint found by the authors in Ref. [50] does not originate with any particular physics effect, but is a numerical coincidence caused by the limited data number and the finite precision in the comparison with the theoretical prediction.

Now we present the bounds imposed on \(U^2\) by the Belle result on the radiative \(B\rightarrow \mu \nu \gamma \) decay. We compare the results obtained in Sect. 2.2 for the expressions of the integrated branching fractions for the \(B\rightarrow \mu \nu \gamma \) decay: the SM \(\Delta Br^\mathrm{SM} \sim 5 \times 10^{-7} \) in (C2) and the effective \(\Delta Br^\mathrm{eff}\) in (21), with the Belle result [32].

We now scan for the values of \(U^2\) for which the complete theoretical value \(\Delta Br = \Delta Br^\mathrm{SM} + \Delta Br^\mathrm{eff}\) equals the upper bound \(\Delta Br^\mathrm{exp}_{B^-\rightarrow \mu ^{-} \nu \gamma }< 3.4 \times 10^{-6}\), for each mass \(m_N\). The bounds we obtain for \(U^2\) from this procedure are presented in Fig. 7. As the one-loop generated operators need to be non-zero to allow the \(B^- \rightarrow \mu ^- \nu \gamma \) decay, bounds are established just for sets 1, 2 and 3. Again, we obtain stronger bounds on the scalar operators, due to their contribution to the *N* production in *B* decay (16). These bounds are compatible with and less restrictive than the ones obtained from the LNV process \(B^-\rightarrow \mu ^- \mu ^- \pi ^+\) in Fig. 6a.

*B*factories. One can think of resonance searches using the

*B*mass and the \(e^+ e^-\) beam energy to constrain the missing momentum and infer the

*N*mass. Also, in this low \(m_N\) range, as we found in Refs. [15, 16], the Majorana neutrino is long-lived, and it would be possible to search for displaced photons together with a prompt lepton and missing \(E_T\) in the final state, a possibility we already explored for the LHC \(pp\rightarrow \mu \nu \gamma \) reaction in Ref. [17]. Other observables involving the final photon or charged lepton polarizations could improve also the sensitivity to the different contributions from vectorial and scalar operators. As we recently explored in Ref. [19], the study of final tau polarizations for the \(B \rightarrow \tau \nu \gamma \) decay could help disentangle vectorial and scalar contributions in the intermediate production process \(B \rightarrow N \tau \).

The most stringent bounds on the tree-level effective couplings \(\alpha \) from Fig. 6, for \(\Lambda =1\) TeV

Set1 | Set2 | Set3 | Set4 | Set5 | Set6 | |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

\(U^2\) | \(6.7\times 10^{-5}\) | \(7.7\times 10^{-3}\) | \(6.7\times 10^{-5}\) | \(2.5\times 10^{-5}\) | \(1.3 \times 10^{-4}\) | \(3.4 \times 10^{-5}\) |

\(\alpha \) | 0.26 | 2.8 | 0.26 | 0.16 | 0.36 | 0.19 |

For comparison with earlier work, we take the minimum values for \(U^2\) from Fig. 6 in each set, and calculate the maximum allowed \(\alpha \) value, considering the new physics scale to be \(\Lambda =1\) TeV. The bounds obtained in this way are shown in Table 2. The lower \(\alpha \le 0.16\) value is found (for \(m_N=2.26\) GeV) in the coupling set 4, which considers vectorial and scalar interactions. It grows to \(\alpha \le 0.19\) when only scalar interactions are included (set 6). When one-loop generated interactions are also taken into account, the bound is relaxed to \(\alpha \le 0.26\) in sets 1 and 3.

The \(\alpha \le 0.16\) bound should be compared for instance with the upper bound our group considered for the calculation of the contribution of scalar and vectorial effective Majorana interactions to the LNV same-sign dilepton signal \(pp \rightarrow \mu ^{+} \mu ^{+} jj\) in the LHC [17]. In that early work we estimated an upper bound \(\alpha \le 0.3\) coming from the heavy neutrinos search results at Belle [51]. Other work also took into account the same bound for the calculation of prospects for the observation of \(e^{+}e^{-} \rightarrow \nu N \rightarrow \nu \gamma \) at Belle-II and the ILC [34]. The revision of these results is left for future work.

As we mentioned in the introduction, the effective dimension 6 operators parameterize a wide variety of UV-complete models which introduce new degrees of freedom, as the LRSM. In Ref. [33] bounds are obtained on the couplings of the effective vector \(\mathcal {O}_{duNl}=\mathcal {O}_{V_0}\) and scalar \(\mathcal {O}_{QNLd}=\mathcal {O}_{S_3}\) four-fermion contact operators in (4). The result is obtained performing a reinterpretation in terms of the LRSM model of the LHC limits from heavy Majorana neutrino direct production at \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV in the dilepton channel \(pp \rightarrow W^{*}_{R} \rightarrow N \mu ^{\pm } \rightarrow \mu ^{\pm } \mu ^{\pm } +nj\) [52]. The most stringent bounds on \(\alpha _{V_{0}, S_{3}}\) are obtained considering \(Br(N\rightarrow \mu X) \sim 1\), so that the *N* decays preferably to muons. These are (taking \(\Lambda =1\) TeV for comparison) \(\alpha _{V_{0}} \lesssim 0.23\) and \(\alpha _{S_{3}} \lesssim 0.45\) for \(m_N=100\) GeV.

The comparison suggests that the direct calculation of the effective *N* interactions contribution to different processes can help to put more stringent bounds to different UV-complete models parameterized by the effective Lagrangian in (2).

## 4 Final remarks

We have considered heavy Majorana neutrinos coupled to the ordinary matter in a general way by dimension 6 effective operators satisfying the SM electroweak symmetry. According to these interactions these neutrinos would be produced in the decay of *B* mesons, and subsequently decay to standard particles. In particular, we exploited the non-observation of the \(B^- \rightarrow \mu ^- \mu ^- \pi ^+ \) decay in the LHCb [29] and put limits to the couplings of the different effective operators contributing to this decay in the Majorana mass range 0.5 GeV \(<m_N<5\) GeV. These upper bounds are presented in Fig. 6.

Also for this \(m_N\) range, we have considered the bounds coming from the radiative decay \(B^- \rightarrow \mu ^- \nu \gamma \) by the Belle experiment [32]. This allows us to set bounds directly on the one-loop generated operators. These bounds are compatible with and weaker than the ones we derive form the LNV process \(B^-\rightarrow \mu ^-\mu ^-\pi ^+\) and are shown in Fig. 7.

The obtained bounds (for \(0.5 \lesssim m_N \lesssim 5 \) GeV) are more restrictive than previous values obtained for dimension 6 four-fermion contact vectorial and scalar Majorana neutrino interactions in the context of the LRSM for higher Majorana masses [33]. The comparison suggests that the direct calculation of the effective *N* interactions contribution to different processes can help to put more stringent bounds to different UV-complete models parameterized by the effective interaction formalism. The obtained upper bounds also constrain the perspective of discovery of Majorana neutrinos with GeV-scale masses by direct production in colliders and meson decays [17, 34, 35].

*Note added* While this manuscript was under revision, two works appeared concerning the study of effective interactions involving right-handed neutrinos [53] and [54], where bounds are obtained for some effective operators.

## Footnotes

## Notes

### Acknowledgements

Funding was provided by Agencia Nacional de Investigación e Innovación (Grant no. FCE_3_2018_1_148577) and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas.

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