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Soft Le-Lμ-Lτ flavour symmetry breaking and sterile neutrino keV Dark Matter

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

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

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Niro,  Viviana
Division Prof. Dr. Manfred Lindner, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Lindner, M., Merle, A., & Niro, V. (2011). Soft Le-Lμ-Lτ flavour symmetry breaking and sterile neutrino keV Dark Matter. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2011(January): 034. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2011/01/034.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0011-7308-6
Abstract
We discuss how a $L_e-L_\mu-L_\tau$ flavour symmetry that is softly broken leads to keV sterile neutrinos, which are a prime candidate for Warm Dark Matter. This is to our knowledge the first model where flavour symmetries are applied simultaneously to active and sterile neutrinos explaining at the same time active neutrino properties and this peculiar Dark Matter scenario. The essential point is that different scales of the symmetry breaking and the symmetry preserving entries in the mass matrix lead to one right-handed neutrino which is nearly massless compared to the other two. Furthermore, we naturally predict vanishing $\theta_{13}$ and maximal $\theta_{23}$, while the correct value of $\theta_{12}$ must come from the mixing of the charged leptons. We can furthermore predict an exact mass spectrum for the light neutrinos, which will be testable in the very near future.