Theory of Neutrino Flavor Mixing

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The depth of the authors theoretical understanding of neutrino flavor mixing should match the importance of this phenomenon as a herald of long-awaited empirical challenges to the standard model of particle physics. After reviewing the familiar, simplified quantum mechanical model and its flaws, the author sketches the deeper understanding of both vacuum and matter-enhanced flavor mixing that is found in the framework of scattering theory. While the model simplified gives the correct answer for atmospheric, solar, and accelerator/reactor neutrino phenomena, he argues that a key insight from the deeper picture will simplify the treatment of neutrino transport in astrophysical environments--supernovae, ... continued below

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Cardall, C. Y. August 21, 2001.

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The depth of the authors theoretical understanding of neutrino flavor mixing should match the importance of this phenomenon as a herald of long-awaited empirical challenges to the standard model of particle physics. After reviewing the familiar, simplified quantum mechanical model and its flaws, the author sketches the deeper understanding of both vacuum and matter-enhanced flavor mixing that is found in the framework of scattering theory. While the model simplified gives the correct answer for atmospheric, solar, and accelerator/reactor neutrino phenomena, he argues that a key insight from the deeper picture will simplify the treatment of neutrino transport in astrophysical environments--supernovae, for example--in which neutrinos play a dynamically important role.

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  • Frontiers of Contemporary Physics-II, Nashville, TN (US), 03/05/2001--03/10/2001

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  • Report No.: P01-111667
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  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 788612
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Cardall, C. Y. Theory of Neutrino Flavor Mixing, article, August 21, 2001; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc722878/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.