The impact of excited neutrinos on \nu\bar{\nu}\to\gamma\gamma process

The impact of excited neutrinos on process

S.C. İnan Department of Physics, Cumhuriyet University, 58140, Sivas, Turkey    M. Köksal Department of Physics, Cumhuriyet University, 58140, Sivas, Turkey

We examine the effect of excited neutrinos on the annihilation of relic neutrinos with ultra high energy cosmic neutrinos for the process. The contribution of the excited neutrinos to the neutrino-photon decoupling temperature are calculated. We see that photon-neutrino decoupling temperature can be significantly reduced below the obtained value of the Standard Model with the impact of excited neutrinos.

I Introduction

According to standard cosmology, neutrinos are probably one of the most abundant particles of the universe. The universe is filled with a sea of relic neutrinos that decoupled from the rest of the matter within the first few seconds after the Big Bang. It is excessively difficult to measure relic neutrinos since the interactions of their cross sections with matter are tremendously suppressed. Besides, it is crucial to detect relic neutrinos in order to test the neutrino aspects of the Big Bang model of cosmology but it would seem impossible with present methods. However, some indirect evidences of the relic sea may be observed. For example, Weiler wei () have shown that the UHE cosmic neutrinos may interact with relic neutrinos via the following reactions occurring on the Z resonance:


In such an event, an UHE cosmic neutrino has energy eV. Therefore, the interaction of relic neutrinos and UHE cosmic neutrinos would have significant cross section.

The high energy photon-neutrino interactions are very important in astrophysics, high energy cosmic ray physics and cosmology. From Yang’s theorem cny (); mgm () the leading term of the cross section for the process is very small due to the vector-axial vector nature of the weak coupling when the neutrinos are massless. It is shown that , where is the electron mass and is the photon energy in the center of the mass frame where the cross section for the process is in the order of and is the W boson mass dic1 (); lev (); abb (). The Dimension-8 effective Lagrangian for the photon-neutrino interaction in Standard Model (SM) is as follows dic ()


where is the neutrino field, is the electroweak gauge coupling, is the photon field tensor, is the fine structure constant and is the following


The equation (2) can be rewritten as following format dic (),


here and are the stress-energy tensor of the neutrinos and photons which are given below,


For the SM, the photons and neutrinos decouple, i.e., process at a temperature GeV within one micro second after the Big Bang abb (). When decoupling temperature is reduced to the QCD phase transition ( MeV), some remnants of the photons circular polarization can possibly be retained in the cosmic microwave background dic () which can be considered as an evidence for the relic neutrino background. For reducing the decoupling temperature, the cross section for the process should be increased. This can be done via the models which are beyond the SM. For instance, contribution of Large Extra Dimensions to these process have been calculated in Ref. dic (). They have shown that the inclusion of the extra dimension effects did not provide large enough high energy neutrinos to scatter from relic neutrinos in this process, but concluded that the photon decoupling temperature can be significantly reduced. Also, in Ref. dut (), it has been remarked that unparticle physics can lower decouple temperature below the .

The SM has been successful in describing the physics of the electroweak interactions and, it is consistent with experiments. However, some questions are still left unanswered, such as, the number of fermion generation and fermion mass spectrum have not been exhibited by the SM. Attractive explanations are provided by models assuming composite quarks and leptons. The existence of excited states of the leptons and quarks is a natural consequence of these models and their discovery would provide convincing evidence of a new scale of matter. In this model, charged and neutral leptons can be considered as a heavy lepton sharing leptonic quantum number with the corresponding SM lepton. They should be regarded as the composite structures which are made up of more fundamental constituents. Therefore, excited neutrinos can be considered to spin- bound states or, including three spin- or spin- and spin substructure. All composite models have an underlying substructure which is characterized by a scale .

The interaction between spin excited fermions, gauge bosons and the SM fermions can be described by the invariant effective Lagrangian as follows cab (); kuhn (); hagi (); bo1 (); bo2 (),


In these expressions, with being the Dirac matrices, and are the field strength tensors of the and , and are the generators of the corresponding gauge group, and are standard electroweak and strong gauge couplings. is the scale of the new physics responsible for the existence of excited neutrinos and , scale the and couplings, respectively. The effective Lagrangian can be rewritten in the physical basis,


First term in the above equation is a purely diagonal term with and second term is a non-Abelien part, which involves triple as well as quartic vertices with


The chiral () interaction term can be found as follows


where is the momentum of the gauge boson , is the electroweak coupling parameter, is defined for photon by where we have assumed that .

Up to now, searches have not found any signal for excited neutrinos at the colliders. The current mass limits on excited neutrinos are GeV at the LEP lep () and GeV assuming at the HERA hera (). Excited neutrinos have been also studied for hadron colliders ebo (); bel (); cakir1 () and next linear colliders cakir1 (); cakir2 (). In these studies, it has been obtained that excited neutrinos masses up to TeV can be detected at the LHC.

In this paper, we examine the effect of the excited neutrinos on the interaction of the UHE cosmic and relic neutrinos for the process.

Ii process including excited neutrinos

The SM contribution to process have been calculated in Refs.dic1 (); abb () with using equation (2). From this effective Lagrangian, the squared amplitude for the SM can be obtained in terms of Mandelstam invariants u and t as follows,


where .

The new physics (NP) contribution comes from t and u channels excited neutrino exchange. The analytical expressions for the polarization summed amplitudes square for NP, SM and NP interference terms are given below,


where . Therefore, the whole squared amplitude can be calculated as follows,


Because of low center of mass energy of the neutrinos, we have used an approximation, . In the limit , the amplitude turns into following formation,


We have calculated the cross section with/without approximation cross section. We have seen that results are closely for different and . Therefore, the differential cross section for process can be obtained by using


Then, the total cross section can be found from the equation (19) as follows,


In fig. (1), we have plotted the total cross sections as a function of the center of mass energy for both the and total cross sections when GeV. These cross sections are obtained for the two excited neutrinos, with masses of GeV, GeV. Also, in fig.(2) we have showed the cross sections for GeV and three scale of the new physics: GeV, GeV and GeV. This figure shows similar behavior with fig. (1).

Extra contribution to the cross section from excited neutrino exchange influences the decoupling temperature. The temperature at which the this process ceases to take place can be found from the the reaction rate per unit volume,


The terms in equation (21) are as following: and are the momentum of the neutrino and antineutrino; and their energies; T is the temperature; is the flux. The can be given in terms of in the center of mass frame by using of invariance of


where and is the angle between and . Equation (21) can be found


where and . Then the reaction rate per unit volume has been obtained,


where is the Riemann Zeta function. The interaction rate is obtained by dividing by the neutrino density at temperature . Thus we have found,


Multiplying equation (26) by the age of the universe,


at least one interaction to occur is . The solution of the following equation gives the decoupling temperature,


If and are replaced in the above equation, then following equation can be found,


Fig. (3) shows solution of the this equation.

Iii Conclusion

We have analyzed the contribution of excited neutrinos on the interaction of relic neutrinos with UHE cosmic neutrinos via the process. It is shown that excited neutrino contribution to total cross section of the process is significant depending on the , . We have seen that for the appropriate values of these parameters, the SM and total cross sections can be distinguished from each other in the specific center of mass energy regions.

For decreasing decoupling temperature, the total cross section of the should be increased. If the or new physics parameter decrease then the total cross section increases. Therefore, can be decreased significantly. For different values of , have been shown in fig.(3) as a function of the new physics parameter . As seen from this figure, our obtained values of the decoupling temperature can decrease the value of the SM decoupling temperature ( GeV).

As a result, excited neutrinos can allow to lower the decoupling temperature of the scattering. Therefore, they can provide significant contribution to search for relic neutrinos.


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Figure 1: The and total cross sections for the process via center of mass energy for the GeV. are taken to be GeV, GeV.
Figure 2: The and total cross sections for the process via center of mass energy for the and GeV. are taken to be GeV, GeV and GeV.
Figure 3: The decoupling temperature as a function of when the are equivalent to GeV, GeV.
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