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Do neutrinos experience tunneling

  1. Mar 23, 2004 #1
    Do neutrinos experience tunneling, and thus we think they have no mass yet they do because they are tunneling?

    Pete
     
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  3. Mar 24, 2004 #2

    Haelfix

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    Not really.

    Neutrinos are a highly relativistic particle, so the proper treatment involves QFT. Tunneling in QFT is rather subtle and not very apparent, and only really emerges in more of a quantum mechanics setting.

    The way they acquire mass is not understood well, and there are many proposals for exactly how they might gain (the very small) mass.

    My personal opinion, follows more along the lines of an SO(10) GUT theory seesaw mechanism.
     
  4. Mar 24, 2004 #3
    Could you say something about neutrino oscillation???

    JMD
     
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