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Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Mississippi


Event Information:

  • Tue


    4:00 pmLewis Hall 101

    Ahmed Rashed
    Department of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Mississippi

    Non-standard Tau Neutrino Interactions

    We now know that neutrinos have masses and that there is a leptonic mixing matrix just as there is a quark mixing matrix. The existence of neutrino masses and mixing requires physics beyond the standard model (SM). Hence, it is not unexpected that neutrinos could have new interactions beyond the standard model, or non-standard interactions (NSI). The effects of NSI have been widely considered in neutrino phenomenology. Bounds have been set on the NSI parameters. I will discuss the impact of the NSI on the measurement of neutrino mixing parameters such as the atmospheric and reactor mixing angles, mass hierarchy, and CP violation. We include form factor effects in our calculations and find the deviation of the actual mixing angle from the measured one, assuming the standard model cross section, can be significant and can depend on the energy of the neutrino.

    A key property of the SM gauge interactions is that they are lepton flavor universal. Evidence for violation of this property would be a clear sign of new physics (NP) beyond the SM. Recently, hints of lepton flavor non-universality emerged from B-meson decay channels observed in the BaBar and LHCb experiments. We proposed tests of lepton flavor non-universality in tau-neutrino scattering. Different models have been introduced in this study of which charged Higgs, W', and Leptoquark.