Introduction to the Physics of Massive and Mixed Neutrinos

  • Samoil Bilenky

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 947)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 253-277

About this book


Small neutrino masses are the first signs of new physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. Since the first edition of this textbook appeared in 2010, the Nobel Prize has been awarded "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass".

The measurement of the small neutrino mixing angle $\theta_{13}$ in 2012, launched the precision stage of the investigation of neutrino oscillations. This measurement now allows such fundamental problems as the three-neutrino mass spectrum - is it normal or inverted? – and the $CP$ violation in the lepton sector to be tackled.

In order to understand the origin of small neutrino masses, it remains crucial to reveal the nature of neutrinos with definite masses: are they Dirac neutrinos possessing a conserved lepton number, which distinguishes neutrinos and antineutrinos, or are they Majorana neutrinos with identical neutrinos and antineutrinos? Experiments searching for the neutrinoless double beta decay are presently under way to answer this fundamental question.

The second edition of this book comprehensively discusses all these important recent developments. Based on numerous lectures given by the author, a pioneer of modern neutrino physics (recipient of the Bruno Pontecorvo Prize 2002), at different institutions and schools, it offers a gentle yet detailed introduction to the physics of massive and mixed neutrinos that prepares graduate students and young researchers entering the field for the exciting years ahead in neutrino physics.


Dirac and Majorana particles Neutrino astrophysics Neutrino mass spectrum Neutrino oscillations Sterile neutrinos CP-violating phase measurement beyond-the-standard-model physics Seesaw mechanism

Authors and affiliations

  • Samoil Bilenky
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  1. 1.TRIUMFVancouverCanada

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