# CP Violation and Lightest Neutrino Mass Effects in Thermal Leptogenesis

###### Abstract

Effects of the lightest neutrino mass in “flavoured” leptogenesis when the CP-violation necessary for the generation of the baryon asymmetry of the Universe is due exclusively to the Dirac and/or Majorana phases in the neutrino mixing matrix are discussed. The type I see-saw scenario with three heavy right-handed Majorana neutrinos having hierarchical spectrum is considered. The “orthogonal” parametrisation of the matrix of neutrino Yukawa couplings, which involves a complex orthogonal matrix , is employed. Results for light neutrino mass spectrum with normal and inverted ordering (hierarchy) are reviewed.

## 1 Introduction

We discuss the effects of the lightest neutrino mass in thermal leptogenesis [1, 2] where lepton flavor dynamics [3][8] plays an important role in the generation of the observed baryon asymmetry of the Universe and the CP-violation required for the baryogenesis mechanism to work is due exclusively to the Dirac and/or Majorana CP-violating phases in the Pontecorvo-Maki-Nakagawa-Sakata (PMNS) [9] neutrino mixing matrix. A detailed investigation of these effects was performed in reference [10]. We review some of the results obtained in [10].

The minimal scheme in which leptogenesis can be implemented is the
non-supersymmetric version of the type I see-saw [11] model with two or
three heavy right-handed (RH) Majorana neutrinos. Taking into account the lepton flavour effects in
leptogenesis it was shown [12] (see also [4, 13, 14]) that if the
heavy Majorana neutrinos have a hierarchical spectrum, the observed baryon
asymmetry can be produced even if the only source of
CP-violation is the Majorana and/or Dirac phase(s) in the PMNS
matrix . In this case the predicted value of the
baryon asymmetry depends explicitly (i.e. directly) on and on the
CP-violating phases in . The results quoted above were
demonstrated to hold both for normal hierarchical (NH) and inverted
hierarchical (IH) spectrum of masses of the light Majorana neutrinos.
In both these cases they were obtained
for negligible lightest neutrino mass and CP-conserving elements of
the orthogonal matrix , present in the “orthogonal”
parametrisation [15] of the matrix of neutrino Yukawa
couplings. The CP-invariance constraints imply that
the matrix could conserve the CP-symmetry if its elements are real
or purely imaginary ^{2}^{2}2The more general case in which CP-violation arises from the combined effect between the “low energy” Majorana and/or Dirac phases in and the “high energy” CP-violating phases in a complex orthogonal matrix , in thermal “flavoured” leptogenesis scenario, was addressed in [16] and [17].. We remark that for a CP-conserving matrix
and at temperatures GeV, the lepton flavours are indistinguishable
(one flavour approximation) and the total CP-asymmetry is always zero.
In this case no baryon asymmetry is produced.
One can prove [12] that, for NH
spectrum and negligible lightest neutrino mass
successful thermal leptogenesis can be realised for a real matrix . In contrast, in the
case of IH spectrum and negligible lightest neutrino mass (), the
requisite baryon asymmetry was found to be produced for CP-conserving
matrix only if certain elements of are purely imaginary: for
real the baryon asymmetry is strongly suppressed
and leptogenesis cannot be successful for (i.e. in the regime in which the lepton flavour
effects are significant [5, 6, 7]).

In the present article we discuss the effects of the lightest
neutrino mass on “flavoured” (thermal) leptogenesis. We consider
the case when the CP-violation necessary for the generation of the
observed baryon asymmetry of the Universe is due exclusively to the
Dirac and/or Majorana CP-violating phases in the PMNS matrix . The
results we review correspond to the simplest type I see-saw scenario with
three heavy RH Majorana neutrinos , . The latter are
assumed to have a hierarchical mass spectrum, .
As a consequence, the generated
baryon asymmetry depends linearly on the mass of , , and
on the elements of the matrix , , present in the
orthogonal parametrisation of neutrino Yukawa couplings of .
As was already mentioned previously, this
parametrisation involves an orthogonal matrix , . Although, in general, the matrix can be complex, i.e.
CP-violating, in [10] we were primarily interested in the
possibility that conserves the CP-symmetry. We report results of the two
types of light neutrino mass spectrum allowed by the data [18]:
i) with normal ordering (), , and ii) with inverted ordering (), . The case of inverted hierarchical (IH) spectrum and real (and
CP-conserving) matrix is reviewed in detail
^{3}^{3}3New material, not published in [10], is presented in figures 2 and 3..

The analysis in [10] was performed for negligible renormalisation group (RG) running of and of the parameters in the PMNS matrix from to . This possibility is realised for sufficiently small values of the lightest neutrino mass [19, 20], e.g., for eV. The latter condition is fulfilled for the NH and IH neutrino mass spectra, as well as for spectrum with partial hierarchy [21]. Under the indicated condition , and correspondingly and , and can be taken at the scale , at which the neutrino mixing parameters are measured.

## 2 “Low Energy” CP-Violation and CP-Asymmetry in Flavoured Leptogenesis

Following the discussion in [12], we introduce combinations between the elements of the neutrino mixing matrix and the orthogonal matrix that appears in the Casas-Ibarra parametrisation [15] of the matrix of neutrino Yukawa couplings:

(1) |

If CP-invariance doesn’t hold, then one can easily prove that is not a real quantity:

(2) |

In the parametrisation of the neutrino Yukawa couplings considered, the condition (2) triggers CP-violation in the thermal leptogenesis scenario, when the dynamics of the flavour states plays a role in the generation of the baryon asymmetry of the Universe. In particular, from (1) it is possible to understand what is the interplay between the “low energy” CP violation, encoded in the Majorana and/or Dirac phases present in the neutrino mixing matrix , and the “high energy” CP-violating phases of the matrix and to disentangle the two contributions. In the present article we are primarily interested in the situation in which the CP-violation necessary for having successful leptogenesis can arise exclusively from “low energy” physics in the lepton sector. For this reason, we impose the orthogonal matrix to satisfy CP-invariance constraints, i.e. all the matrix elements, , are real or purely imaginary. If this is the case, CP-violation, and therefore condition (2), is accomplished through the the neutrino mixing matrix (“low energy” CP-violation). For real or purely imaginary , , the CP-asymmetries is given by

(3) | |||

(4) |

with and
, , .
Note that, according to condition (2), real (purely imaginary) and purely
imaginary (real) , , implies violation of
CP-invariance by the matrix [12].
An interesting possibility is for example when the Dirac phase
and the effective Majorana phases , ^{4}^{4}4We use the standard parametrisation of the PMNS matrix as defined in [12]. take the CP-conserving values: ,
and . Then, for real , , condition (2) is fulfilled and
the CP-asymmetry is different from zero. We say in this case that both the PMNS matrix and
the orthogonal matrix are CP-conserving, but the neutrino Yukawa couplings still violate CP-symmetry.
More specifically, it is impossible to construct a high energy observable that is sensitive to
CP-symmetry breaking and depends only on the matrix . The only possibility to
break the symmetry at high energy scales is to couple the matrix to the PMNS
neutrino mixing matrix, as in .

In order for the CP-symmetry to be broken at low energies, we should have both and (see [12] for further details on this point).

## 3 Light Neutrino Mass Spectrum with Inverted Ordering and Real

The case of inverted hierarchical (IH) neutrino mass spectrum, , , is of particular interest since, as was already mentioned, for real , , IH spectrum and negligible lightest neutrino mass , it is impossible to generate the observed baryon asymmetry in the regime of “flavoured” leptogenesis [12], i.e. for , if the only source of CP-violation are the Majorana and/or Dirac phases in the PMNS matrix. It can be proven that for and , the resulting baryon asymmetry is always suppressed by the factor . We analyse the generation of the baryon asymmetry for real , , when is non-negligible. We assume that is produced in the two-flavour regime, GeV. Under these conditions the terms in will be dominant provided [12]

(5) |

This condition can be easily satisfied if , or , and if is sufficiently large. The neutrino mass spectrum is still hierarchical for having a value . The general analysis is performed for values of from the interval .

In Fig. 1 we show the correlated values of and for which one can have successful leptogenesis in the case of neutrino mass spectrum with inverted ordering and CP-violation due to the Majorana and Dirac phases in . The figure was obtained by performing, for given from the interval eV, a thorough scan of the relevant parameter space searching for possible enhancement or suppression of the baryon asymmetry with respect to that found for . The real elements of the matrix of interest, , , were allowed to vary in their full ranges determined by the condition of orthogonality of the matrix : . The Majorana phases were varied in the interval . The calculations were performed for three values of the CHOOZ angle , corresponding to . In the cases of , the Dirac phase was allowed to take values in the interval . The heavy Majorana neutrino mass was varied in the interval GeV. For given , the minimal value of the mass , for which the leptogenesis is successful, generating , was obtained for the values of the other parameters which maximise . We have found that in the case of IH spectrum with non-negligible , , the generated baryon asymmetry can be strongly enhanced in comparison with the asymmetry produced if . The enhancement can be by a factor of , or even by a larger factor. As a consequence, one can have successful leptogenesis for IH spectrum with eV even if the elements of are real and the requisite CP-violation is provided by the Majorana or Dirac phase(s) in the PMNS matrix. As a consequence, successful thermal leptogenesis is realised for eV. The results of our analysis show that for Majorana CP-violation from , successful leptogenesis can be obtained for . Larger values of are typically required if the CP-violation is due to the Dirac phase : . The requirement of successful “flavoured” leptogenesis in the latter case leads to the following lower limits on , and thus on and on the rephasing invariant which controls the magnitude of CP-violation effects in neutrino oscillations: , , where the precise value of the limit within the intervals given depends on the (or ) and on .

In Fig 2 the dependence of the generated baryon asymmetry with respect to the Majorana phase is reported. The case analysed corresponds to the limit , for which condition (5) is fulfilled and the lightest neutrino mass gives an important contribution to the corresponding CP-asymmetry in the range eV. The neutrino mixing angle is set to zero and no CP-violation arising from the Dirac phase is assumed. The values of and are computed in order to maximise the baryon asymmetry at for the two possible choices: .

The case in which the observed baryon asymmetry arises from the CP-violating contribution of the Dirac phase is presented in the two plots in Fig 3. We set and , in the left and right panel, respectively. The effective Majorana phase is CP-conserving in both cases. The values of the lightest neutrino mass and the elements , , are chosen in such a way as to maximise the baryon asymmetry . We remark that a value of , Majorana CP-conserving phases and and real matrix imply “low energy” CP-violation due to the neutrino mixing matrix, but a “high energy” contribution associated with the matrix is still present, as already discussed in section 2. For this reason we didn’t consider this possibility in the reported results.

## 4 Light Neutrino Mass Spectrum with Normal Ordering and Real

A light neutrino mass spectrum with normal ordering (hierarchy) gives very different predictions with respect to the previous one. The case of negligible and real (CP-conserving) elements of was analysed in detail in [12]. In searching for possible significant effects of non-negligible in leptogenesis we have considered values of as large as 0.05 eV, eV. For eV, the neutrino mass spectrum is not hierarchical; the spectrum exhibits partial hierarchy (see, e.g. [21]), i.e. we have .

These results are illustrated in Fig. 4, showing the correlated values of and for which one can have successful leptogenesis. The figure was obtained using the same general method of analysis we have employed to produce Fig. 1. For given from the interval eV, a thorough scan of the relevant parameter space was performed in the calculation of , searching for possible non-standard features (enhancement or suppression) of the baryon asymmetry. The real elements of interest of the matrix , were allowed to vary in their full ranges determined by the condition of orthogonality of : . The Majorana and Dirac phases and were varied in the interval . The calculations were performed again for three values of the CHOOZ angle, . The relevant heavy Majorana neutrino mass was varied in the interval GeV. For given , the minimal value of the mass , for which the leptogenesis is successful generating , was obtained for the values of the other parameters which maximise . The thus calculated did not show any significant dependence on . For eV we did not find any noticeable effect of in leptogenesis: the results we have obtained practically coincide with those corresponding to and derived in [12]. For eV the predicted baryon asymmetry for given is generically smaller with respect to the asymmetry one finds for . Thus, successful leptogenesis is possible for larger values of . The corresponding suppression factor increases with and for eV values of GeV are required.

The results we have obtained for light neutrino mass spectrum with normal ordering can vary significantly if one of the elements is equal to zero. In particular, if , we did not find any significant enhancement of the baryon asymmetry , generated within “flavoured” leptogenesis scenario with real matrix and CP-violation provided by the neutrino mixing matrix , when the lightest neutrino mass was varied in the interval . If, however, , the dependence of on exhibits qualitatively the same features as the dependence of on in the case of neutrino mass spectrum with inverted ordering (hierarchy), although is somewhat smaller than in the corresponding IH spectrum cases (see [10] for a detailed discussion on this point). As a consequence, it is possible to reproduced the observed value of if the CP-violation is due to the Majorana phase(s) in provided .

## 5 Conclusions

The analysis we have performed in [10] shows that within the thermal “flavoured” leptogenesis scenario, the value of the lightest neutrino mass can have non negligible effects on the magnitude of the baryon asymmetry of the Universe in the cases of light neutrino mass spectrum with inverted and normal ordering (hierarchy). In particular, as regards the IH spectrum, one can have an enhancement of the baryon asymmetry by a factor of with respect to the value corresponding to , thus allowing for the generation of a matter-antimatter asymmetry compatible with the experimental observation.

## Acknowledgements

This work was supported in part by the INFN and Italian MIUR programs on “Fisica Astroparticellare”.

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