Two-zero mass matrices and sterile neutrinos

Ghosh, Monojit ; Goswami, Srubabati ; Gupta, Shivani (2013) Two-zero mass matrices and sterile neutrinos Journal of High Energy Physics, 2013 (4). Article ID 103. ISSN 1029-8479

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Recent experimental data is indicative of the existence of sterile neutrinos. The minimal scheme that can account for the data and is consistent with cosmological observations is the 3+1 picture which consists of three predominantly active and one predominantly sterile neutrino with the fourth neutrino being heavier than the other three. Within this scheme there are two possibilities depending on whether the three light states obey normal or inverted hierarchy. In this paper we consider the two-zero textures of the low energy neutrino mass matrix in presence of one additional sterile neutrino. We find that among 45 possible two-zero textures for this case, 15 are consistent with all current observations. Remarkably, these correspond to the two-zero textures of a three active neutrino mass matrix. We discuss the mass spectrum and the parameter correlations that we find in the various textures. We also present the effective mass governing neutrinoless double beta decay as a function of the lowest mass.

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Keywords:Beyond Standard Model; Neutrino Physics; CP Violation
ID Code:108868
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