Landau-Zener treatments of solar neutrino oscillations

Marcus Bruggen, W. C. Haxton, Y. Z. Qian

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We present a simple derivation of the Landau-Zener formulas for nonadiabatic level crossings for linear and exponential density profiles. The derivation depends on a single assumption that applies somewhat differently to the exponential and linear cases, providing some insight into the relationship between the respective formulas. We note that one exponential Landau-Zener formula in common use is only approximately correct. Comparisons with exact calculations are made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4028-4034
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1995


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