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Light sterile neutrinos: a critical overview

by Ivan Esteban

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Authors (as Contributors): Ivan Esteban
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Preprint link: scipost_201810_00001v3
Date accepted: 2019-01-07
Date submitted: 2018-11-29 01:00
Submitted by: Esteban, Ivan
Submitted to: SciPost Physics Proceedings
Proceedings issue: The 15th International Workshop on Tau Lepton Physics (Amsterdam, 2018-09)
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Academic field: Physics
  • High-Energy Physics - Phenomenology
Approaches: Experimental, Theoretical


Light sterile neutrinos, first proposed after the results of the LSND experiment, have been a polemical topic for the last decades after seemingly contradictory data appeared from different experiments. In this overview, I review the experimental hints that point towards sterile neutrinos as well as their statistical compatibility. Even though the muon neutrino disappearance experiments strongly rule out vanilla sterile neutrinos, each oscillation channel remains internally mostly consistent. In any case, in the near future a series of independent and precise experiments should finally settle down this issue.

Published as SciPost Phys. Proc. 1, 026 (2019)

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