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Majorana neutrinos and neutrinoless double beta decay

Vries, M. de (2008) Majorana neutrinos and neutrinoless double beta decay. Bachelor's Thesis, Physics.

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Abstract

This bachelor thesis discusses the Majorana description of neutrinos. In this description, of neutrinos beyond the standard model, the neutrino is its own antiparticle. Mass terms involving these particles violate lepton number conservation. These facts make this description a candidate to describe neutrinoless double beta decay. Furthermore the see-saw mechanism and other mass models for neutrinos are discussed. Also the claim of the first measurement of neutrinoless double beta decay by [3] is reviewed. The thesis concludes that the see-saw mechanism is the best explanation for the neutrino masses and that detection of neutrinoless double beta decay would imply lepton number violation and massive neutrinos.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Physics
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:29
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:29
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/8691

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