Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay: a Probe of Physics Beyond the Standard Model

  title={Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay: a Probe of Physics Beyond the Standard Model},
  author={Samoil M. Bilenky and Carlo Giunti},
  journal={arXiv: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology},
  • S. Bilenky, C. Giunti
  • Published 18 November 2014
  • Physics
  • arXiv: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
In the Standard Model the total lepton number is conserved. Thus, neutrinoless double-beta decay, in which the total lepton number is violated by two units, is a probe of physics beyond the Standard Model. In this review we consider the basic mechanism of neutrinoless double-beta decay induced by light Majorana neutrino masses. After a brief summary of the present status of our knowledge of neutrino masses and mixing and an introduction to the seesaw mechanism for the generation of light… 
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