Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
A split seesaw model with hidden neutrinoless double beta decay but successful leptogenesis
Department of Physics, Liaoning Normal University, 116029, Dalian, China
2 Center for Theoretical and Experimental High Energy Physics, Liaoning Normal University, 116029, Dalian, China
Accepted: 1 November 2022
Published online: 13 November 2022
In a paper by Asaka, Ishida and Tanaka (Phys. Rev. D 103:015014, 2021), they proposed a novel possibility (which will be referred to as the AIT ansatz) that, in spite of the Majorana nature of neutrinos, the neutrinoless double beta () decay can be hidden. In the original AIT model, the AIT ansatz is realized in the minimal seesaw model with two right-handed neutrinos which have a hierarchical mass structure: the lighter and heavier right-handed neutrinos are respectively much lighter and heavier than the typical Fermi-momentum scale of nuclei. However, the original AIT model does not accommodate a successful leptogenesis. For this problem, in this paper we study a split seesaw model with one lighter right-handed neutrino but two heavier right-handed neutrinos which can realize the AIT ansatz and accommodate a successful leptogenesis simultaneously. We first give the condition on the neutrino Yukawa couplings for realizing the AIT ansatz, discuss its realization by employing an Abelian flavor symmetry, and study its implications for the mixing of the lighter right-handed neutrino with three left-handed neutrinos. We then successively study the implications for leptogenesis of the interesting scenarios where is a triangular matrix (which has maximally-restricted texture zeros, in line with the simplicity principle) or respects the - reflection symmetry (which is well motivated by the experimental results), on top of the AIT ansatz.
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