The MSW effect and solar neutrinos

  title={The MSW effect and solar neutrinos},
  author={A. Yu. Smirnov},
The MSW (Mikheyev-Smirnov-Wolfenstein) effect is the effect of transformation of one neutrino species (flavor) into another one in a medium with varying density. Three basic elements of the effect include: the refraction of neutrinos in matter, the resonance (level crossing) and the adiabaticity. The key notion is the neutrino eigenstates in matter. Physical picture of the effect is described in terms of the flavors and the relative phases of eigenstates and the transitions between eigenstates… CONTINUE READING


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