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Type I seesaw mechanism as the common origin of neutrino mass, baryon asymmetry, and the electroweak scale

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Brdar,  Vedran
Division Prof. Dr. Manfred Lindner, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Helmboldt,  Alexander
Division Prof. Dr. Manfred Lindner, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Brdar, V., Helmboldt, A., Iwamoto, S., & Schmitz, K. (2019). Type I seesaw mechanism as the common origin of neutrino mass, baryon asymmetry, and the electroweak scale. Physical Review D, 100(7): 075029. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.100.075029.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0005-5088-7
Abstract
The type I seesaw represents one of the most popular extensions of the Standard Model. Previous studies of this model have mostly focused on its ability to explain neutrino oscillations as well as on the generation of the baryon asymmetry via leptogenesis. Recently, it has been pointed out that the type I seesaw can also account for the origin of the electroweak scale due to heavy-neutrino threshold corrections to the Higgs potential. In this paper, we show for the first time that all of these features of the type I seesaw are compatible with each other. Integrating out a set of heavy Majorana neutrinos results in small masses for the Standard Model neutrinos; baryogenesis is accomplished by resonant leptogenesis; and the Higgs mass is entirely induced by heavy-neutrino one-loop diagrams, provided that the tree-level Higgs potential satisfies scale-invariant boundary conditions in the ultraviolet. The viable parameter space is characterized by a heavy-neutrino mass scale roughly in the range 10(6.5...7.0) GeV and a mass splitting among the nearly degenerate heavy-neutrino states up to a few TeV. Our findings have interesting implications for high-energy flavor models and low-energy neutrino observables. We conclude that the type I seesaw sector might be the root cause behind the masses and cosmological abundances of all known particles. This statement might even extend to dark matter in the presence of a keV-scale sterile neutrino.