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Neutrino Physics

2nd Edition

By Kai Zuber

CRC Press

466 pages | 227 B/W Illus.

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When Kai Zuber’s pioneering text on neutrinos was published in 2003, the author correctly predicted that the field would see tremendous growth in the immediate future. In that book, Professor Zuber provided a comprehensive self-contained examination of neutrinos, covering their research history and theory, as well as their application to particle physics, astrophysics, nuclear physics, and the broad reach of cosmology; but now to be truly comprehensive and accurate, the field’s seminal reference needs to be revised and expanded to include the latest research, conclusions, and implications.

Revised as needed to be equal to the research of today, Neutrino Physics, Second Edition delves into neutrino cross sections, mass measurements, double beta decay, solar neutrinos, neutrinos from supernovae, and high energy neutrinos, as well as new experimental results in the context of theoretical models. It also provides entirely new discussion on:

  • Resolution of the solar neutrino problem
  • The first real-time measurement of solar neutrinos below 1 MeV
  • Geoneutrinos
  • Long baseline accelerator experiments

Written to be accessible to readers from diverse backgrounds, this edition, like the first, provides both an introduction to the field as well as the information needed by those looking to make their own contribution to it. And like the first edition, it whets the researcher’s appetite, going beyond certainty to pose those questions that still need answers.

Reviews

praise for the first edtion:

… extremely comprehensive and up-to-date … an excellent introduction to this exciting field … a handy reference source for the experts.

— Alan Watson, University of Leeds

… highly recommended to anyone interested in this field, and to any advanced student … who needs to understand neutrino physics.

— Klaus Blaum, CERN Courier

. . . an excellent, up-to-date, and thorough introduction to the subject for new researchers in the field … a valuable and handy reference for the more experienced scientist.

— Dan Hooper, E-streams

Table of Contents

IMPORTANT HISTORICAL EXPERIMENTS

‘The birth of the neutrino’

Nuclear recoil experiment by Rodeback and Allen

Discovery of the neutrino by Cowan and Reines

Difference between νe and .νe and solar neutrino detection

Discovery of parity violation in weak interactions

Direct measurement of the helicity of the neutrino

Experimental proof that νμ is different from νe

Discovery of weak neutral currents

Discovery of the weak gauge bosonsW and Z

Observation of neutrinos from SN 1987A

Number of neutrino flavours from the width of the Z

PROPERTIES OF NEUTRINOS

Helicity and chirality

Charge conjugation

Parity transformation

Dirac and Majorana mass terms

Lepton number

THE STANDARD MODEL OF PARTICLE PHYSICS

The V–A theory of the weak interaction

Gauge theories

The Glashow–Weinberg–Salam model

Experimental determination of fundamental parameters

NEUTRINOS AS A PROBE OF NUCLEAR STRUCTURE

Neutrino beams

Neutrino detectors

Total cross section for neutrino–nucleon scattering

Kinematics of deep inelastic scattering

Quasi-elastic neutrino–nucleon scattering

Coherent, resonant and diffractive production

Structure function of nucleons

The quark–parton model, parton distribution functions

y distributions and quark content from total cross sections

Charm physics

Neutral current reactions

Neutrino cross section on nuclei

NEUTRINO MASSES AND PHYSICS BEYOND THE STANDARD MODEL

Running coupling constants

The minimal SU(5) model

The SO(10) model

Supersymmetry

Neutrino masses

Neutrino mixing

DIRECT NEUTRINO MASS SEARCHES

Fundamentals of β-decay

Searches for m ̄νe

Searches for mνe

mνμ determination from pion-decay

Mass of the ντ from tau-decay

Electromagnetic properties of neutrinos

Neutrino decay

DOUBLE Β-DECAY

Introduction

Decay rates

Nuclear structure effects on matrix elements

Experiments

Interpretation of the obtained results

Future plans and activities

β+β+-decay

CP phases and double β-decay

Generalization to three flavours

NEUTRINO OSCILLATIONS

General formalism

CP and T violation in neutrino oscillations

Oscillations with two neutrino flavours

The case for three flavours

Experimental considerations

Nuclear reactor experiments

Accelerator-based oscillation experiments

Searches at higher neutrino energy

Neutrino oscillations in matter

Future activities - Determination of the PMNS matrix elements

Possible future beams

ATMOSPHERIC NEUTRINOS

Cosmic rays

Interactions within the atmosphere

Experimental status

Accelerator based searches—long-baseline experiments

SOLAR NEUTRINOS

The standard solar model

Solar neutrino experiments

Theoretical solutions - matter effects

Future potential experiments

NEUTRINOS FROM SUPERNOVAE

Supernovae

Neutrino emission in supernova explosions

Detection methods for supernova neutrinos

Supernova 1987A

Supernova rates and future experiments

Neutrino oscillations and supernova signals

ULTRA-HIGH ENERGETIC COSMIC NEUTRINOS

Sources of high-energy cosmic neutrinos

Detection

NEUTRINOS IN COSMOLOGY

Cosmological models

The cosmic microwave background (CMB)

Neutrinos as dark matter

Candidates for dark matter

Neutrinos and large-scale structure

The cosmic neutrino background

Primordial nucleosynthesis

Baryogenesis via leptogenesis

SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK

About the Series

Series in High Energy Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI005000
SCIENCE / Astrophysics & Space Science
SCI051000
SCIENCE / Nuclear Physics
SCI055000
SCIENCE / Physics