Volume 124, Number 5, December 2018
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||The Physics of Elementary Particles and Fields|
|Published online||31 December 2018|
Neutrino oscillations in accelerated frames
Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Salerno - Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, 84084 Fisciano, Italy and INFN, Gruppo collegato di Salerno - Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, 84084 Fisciano, Italy
Received: 19 October 2018
Accepted: 26 November 2018
We discuss neutrino oscillations in vacuum from the point of view of a uniformly accelerated observer. A covariant definition of quantum phase is introduced with the aim of generalizing the standard expression of the oscillation amplitude to the accelerating frame. By way of illustration, we address a simplified two-flavor model with relativistic neutrinos, showing that inertial effects on the usual Pontecorvo formula are intimately related to the energy redshift. Phenomenological aspects are preliminarily analyzed in the context of atmospheric neutrinos. Finally, we discuss a gedanken experiment in order to investigate our formalism in the regime of extreme acceleration.
PACS: 14.60.Pq – Neutrino mass and mixing / 13.15.+g – Neutrino interactions / 14.60.Lm – Ordinary neutrinos
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