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Fundamentals of Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics$
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Carlo Giunti and Chung W. Kim

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198508717

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508717.001.0001

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Theory Of Neutrino Oscillations In Vacuum

Theory Of Neutrino Oscillations In Vacuum

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(p.283) 8 Theory Of Neutrino Oscillations In Vacuum
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Fundamentals of Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics
Author(s):

Carlo Giunti

Chung W. Kim

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508717.003.0008

This chapter discusses the theory of neutrino oscillations in vacuums and discusses in detail plane-wave approximation (flavour neutrino states, universality of the oscillation phase, Lorentz invariance, and production and detection rates), wave-packet treatment, size of neutrino wave packets (pion decay and muon decay), and several questions regarding the subject. These questions include: do charged leptons oscillate? Is the standard oscillation phase wrong by a factor of 2? What are the energies and momenta of massive neutrinos? Are wave packets necessary?

Keywords:   neutrino oscillations in vacuum, plane-wave approximation, flavour neutrino states, Lorentz invariance, wave-packet treatment

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