Neutrinoful universe

Tetsutaro Higaki, Ryuichiro Kitano, Ryosuke Sato

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The Standard Model of particle physics fails to explain the important pieces in the standard cosmology, such as inflation, baryogenesis, and dark matter of the Universe. We consider the possibility that the sector to generate small neutrino masses is responsible for all of them; the inflation is driven by the Higgs field to break B - L gauge symmetry which provides the Majorana masses to the right-handed neutrinos, and the reheating process by the decay of the B - L Higgs boson supplies the second lightest right-handed neutrinos whose CP violating decays produce B - L asymmetry, à la, leptogenesis. The lightest right-handed neutrinos are also produced by the reheating process, and remain today as the dark matter of the Universe. In the minimal model of the inflaton potential, one can set the parameter of the potential by the data from CMB observations including the BICEP2 and the Planck experiments. In such a scenario, the mass of the dark matter particle is predicted to be of the order of PeV. We find that the decay of the PeV right-handed neutrinos can explain the high-energy neutrino flux observed at the IceCube experiments if the lifetime is of the order of 1028 s.

Original languageEnglish
Article number44
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul
Externally publishedYes


  • Cosmology of Theories beyond the SM
  • Neutrino Physics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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