Muonium-antimuonium oscillations and massive Majorana neutrinos

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Modern Physics Letters A 19,4 (2004) 297-306;


The electron and muon number violating muonium-antimuonium oscillation process can proceed provided that neutrinos have nonzero masses and mix among the various generations. Modifying the Standard Model only by the inclusion of singlet right-handed neutrino fields and allowing for general neutrino masses and mixings, the leading order matrix element contributing to this process is computed. For the particularly interesting case where the neutrino masses are generated by a seesaw mechanism with a very large Majorana mass M-R much greater than M-W, it is found that both the very light and very heavy Majorana neutrinos each give comparable contributions to the oscillation time scale proportional to M-R(2). Present experimental limits set by the non-observation of the oscillation process sets a lower limit on M-R of roughly of order 10(4) GeV.


muonium;; neutrinos;; neutron oscillations;; leptons;; conversion;; decay

Date of this Version

January 2004

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