On the hadronic contribution to sterile neutrino production
Asaka, Takehiko
Asaka
Takehiko
Laine, Mikko
Laine
Mikko
Shaposhnikov, Mikhail
Shaposhnikov
Mikhail
Sterile neutrinos with masses in the keV range are considered to be a viable candidate for warm dark matter. The rate of their production through active-sterile neutrino transitions peaks, however, at temperatures of the order of the QCD scale, which makes it difficult to estimate their relic abundance quantitatively, even if the mass of the sterile neutrino and its mixing angle were known. We derive here a relation, valid to all orders in the strong coupling constant, which expresses the production rate in terms of the spectral function associated with active neutrinos. The latter can in turn be expressed as a certain convolution of the spectral functions related to various mesonic current-current correlation functions, which are being actively studied in other physics contexts. In the naive weak coupling limit, the appropriate Boltzmann equations can be derived from our general formulae.
2006
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INT SCHOOL ADVANCED STUDIES
2006