Search for sterile neutrinos decaying into pions at the LHC

Claudio O. Dib, C. S. Kim, Nicolás A. Neill, Xing Bo Yuan

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We study the possibility to observe sterile neutrinos with masses in the range 5 GeV<mN<20 GeV at the LHC, using the exclusive semileptonic modes involving pions, namely W→ℓN→nπℓℓ (n=1,2,3). The two pion and three pion modes require extrapolations of form factors to large time-like q2, which we do using vector dominance models as well as light front holographic QCD, with remarkable agreement. This mass region is difficult to explore with inclusive ℓℓjj modes or trilepton modes and impossible to explore in rare meson decays. While particle identification is a real challenge in these modes, vertex displacement due to the long living neutrino in the above mass range can greatly help reduce backgrounds. Assuming a sample of 109 W bosons at the end of the LHC Run 2, these modes could discover a sterile neutrino in the above mass range or improve the current bounds on the heavy-to-light lepton mixings by an order of magnitude, |UℓN|2∼2×10-6. Moreover, by studying the equal sign and opposite sign dileptons, the Majorana or Dirac character of the sterile neutrino may be revealed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035022
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Feb 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
C.S.K. was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by Korea government of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) No.2011-0017430, No.2011-0020333 and No.2016R1D1A1A02936965. This work was supported in part by FONDECYT (Chile) grants No.1170171 and No.3170906, and CONICYT (Chile) PIA/Basal FB0821 and Ring ACT1406.

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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