Out of this world neutrino oscillations

Tony Gherghetta, Andrey Shkerin

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We study how vacuum neutrino oscillations can be affected by a causal, nonlinear and state-dependent modification of quantum field theory that may be interpreted using the many-worlds formulation of quantum mechanics. The effect is induced by a Higgs-neutrino Yukawa interaction that causes a nonlinear interference between the neutrino mass eigenstates. This leads to a tiny change in the oscillation pattern of light, active neutrinos. At large baselines where the oscillations disappear, the nonlinear effect is also suppressed and does not source correlations between the mass eigenstates once they are entangled with the environment. Our example provides a way to compute effects of nonlinear quantum mechanics and field theory that may probe the possible physical reality of many worlds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number075018
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

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