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So when did people start to suspect that the neutrino had mass?

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  1. Sep 16, 2014 #1

    arivero

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    Looking at Nucl.Phys. B194 (1982) 422 I read

    "In 1972 there were two neutrinos and they were
    both massless. Today we have three and perhaps all of them have
    mass.
    "

    Hey, 1981 and neutrinos have mass? I was not even in the university. And in all the textbooks the neutrino was massless. So how is that they (Bardeen et al) at the Fermilab had already decided that at least some of them were massive?
     
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  3. Sep 16, 2014 #2

    ChrisVer

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    http://www.pd.infn.it/~laveder/unbo..._oscillations-nobel-simposium-19-aug-2004.pdf

    The theories were first starting be built from the 50-60's, with the 70-80's being the best [IMO]...

    I think most of textbooks would avoid talking about massive neutrinos except for if they were specialized in those kind of theories (as theories). It wasn't until 1998 when this was finally observed in SuperKamiokande.
    http://hitoshi.berkeley.edu/neutrino/PhysicsWorld.pdf

    So I guess that's the reason your quote says "perhaps all of them have mass"
     
  4. Sep 16, 2014 #3

    Vanadium 50

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    The idea of a massive neutrino goes back to the 1930 Pauli letter postulating it: "Groessenordnung wie die
    Elektronenmasse sein und jedenfalls nicht grosser als 0,01 Protonenmasse" - of order the electron mass and in any event less than 1% of the proton mass.
     
  5. Sep 16, 2014 #4

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    Well, I read the "perhaps" as meaning that oscillations do not require mass for all of them.

    The slides are very interesting, thanks for pointing them out!
     
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