State-of-the-Art Tests of Lepton Number Violation and Seesaw Mechanisms

Particle Physics Theory seminar

State-of-the-Art Tests of Lepton Number Violation and Seesaw Mechanisms

  • Event time: 2:00pm
  • Event date: 9th September 2014
  • Speaker: Richard Ruiz (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Location: Higgs Centre Seminar Room,

Event details

The discoveries of nonzero neutrino masses and a SM-like Higgs force us to contemplate that Yukawa couplings may span at least 12 order of magnitude. However, permitting that lepton number is not a fundamental symmetry of nature at low energies, Seesaw mechanisms can alleviate this problem.This talk will focus on recent developments of two tests that directly probe the large class of Seesaw models that feature a heavy neutrino (Dirac, Pseudo-Dirac, or Majorana), in particular: heavy neutrino production via a resonant, s-channel W' (with arbitrary chiral couplings) and through W-photon fusion. The discovery potential of these production modes at current and future hadron colliders will be discussed in detail. Recent LHC results will also be addressed.

The Particle Physics Theory seminar is a weekly series of talks reflecting the diverse interests of the group. Topics include analytic and numerical calculations based on the Standard Model of elementary particle physics, theories exploring new physics, as well as more formal developments in gauge theories and gravity..

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