A new leading contribution to neutrinoless double-beta decay

Vincenzo Cirigliano, Wouter Dekens, Jordy de Vries, Michael L. Graesser, Emanuele Mereghetti, Saori Pastore, Ubirajara van Kolck

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Within the framework of chiral effective field theory we discuss the leading contributions to the neutrinoless double-beta decay transition operator induced by light Majorana neutrinos. Based on renormalization arguments in both dimensional regularization with minimal subtraction and a coordinate-space cutoff scheme, we show the need to introduce a leading-order short-range operator, missing in all current calculations. We discuss strategies to determine the finite part of the short-range coupling by matching to lattice QCD or by relating it via chiral symmetry to isospin-breaking observables in the two-nucleon sector. Finally, we speculate on the impact of this new contribution on nuclear matrix elements of relevance to experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Feb 27 2018

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