Wouter Dekens (UC San Diego): Neutrinoless double beta decay in effective field theory

Dienstag, 13. April 2021 16:00

Zoom Meeting: univienna.zoom.us/j/93104933847

Meeting ID: 931 0493 3847

Passcode: 674625

Neutrinoless double beta decay (NLDBD) is the most sensitive probe of lepton-number violation. Its discovery would be a clear signal of physics beyond the Standard Model, confirm the Majorana nature of neutrinos, and provide insight into scenarios of baryogenesis through leptogenesis. Whenever lepton-number violation arises at a scale well above the electroweak scale, it can be described by effective interactions in an effective-field theory framework. In this talk, I will outline the necessary steps to assess the impact on NLDBD half lives, paying special attention to the matching of the effective interactions onto Chiral Effective Theory at low energies. Finally, I will illustrate how this framework can be extended to include the effects of light sterile neutrinos and discuss the resulting constraints on the lepton-number violating interactions.