Jul 5 – 12, 2017
Venice, Italy
Europe/Zurich timezone
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Leptogenesis via varying Weinberg operator

Jul 8, 2017, 12:45 PM
Room Casinò (Palazzo del Casinò)

Room Casinò

Palazzo del Casinò

Parallel Talk Neutrino Physics Neutrino physics


Ye-Ling Zhou (Durham University)


I will talk about a totally new mechanism of leptogenesis. It requires only a time-varying Weinberg operator. The Weinberg operator is well-known for the motivation of generating light neutrino masses. It violates lepton number and can provide non-equilibrium dynamics in the early universe due to the suppression of tiny neutrino masses. A lot of underlying symmetries, e.g., B-L symmetry and flavour symmetries, have been proposed in the lepton sector. These symmetries strong motivate the existence of phase transitions at high scales. During the phase transition, the coupling of the Weinberg operator is time-dependent, and the lepton asymmetry is generated by the interference of the Weinberg operator at different times. Any heave BSM particles, e.g., right-handed neutrinos, are not necessary in this mechanism.

Primary author

Ye-Ling Zhou (Durham University)


Silvia Pascoli (University of Durham (GB)) Jessica Turner (Durham University)

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