The hypothesis of superluminal neutrinos: Comparing OPERA with other data
Dipartimento di Fisica dell'Università di Ferrara and INFN Sezione di Ferrara - Via Saragat 1, I-44100 Ferrara, Italy, EU
2 CP 3-Origins and DIAS, SDU University - Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark, EU
Accepted: 12 December 2011
The OPERA Collaboration reported evidence for muonic neutrinos traveling slightly faster than light in vacuum. While waiting further checks from the experimental community, here we aim at exploring some theoretical consequences of the hypothesis that muonic neutrinos are superluminal, considering in particular the tachyonic and the Coleman-Glashow cases. We show that a tachyonic interpretation is not only hardly reconciled with OPERA data on energy dependence, but that it clashes with neutrino production from pion and with neutrino oscillations. A Coleman-Glashow superluminal neutrino beam would also have problems with pion decay kinematics for the OPERA setup; it could be easily reconciled with SN1987a data, but then it would be very problematic to account for neutrino oscillations.
PACS: 14.60.St – Non-standard-model neutrinos, right-handed neutrinos, etc. / 11.30.Cp – Lorentz and Poincaré invariance
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