Probing Exotic Fermions from a Seesaw/Radiative Model at the LHC

29 Nov 2015  ·  McDonald Kristian L. ·

There exist tree-level generalizations of the Type-I and Type-III seesaw mechanisms that realize neutrino mass via low-energy effective operators with d>5. However, these generalizations also give radiative masses that can dominate the seesaw masses in regions of parameter space --- i.e. they are not purely seesaw models, nor are they purely radiative models, but instead they are something in between... A recent work detailed the remaining minimal models of this type. Here we study the remaining model with d=9 and investigate the collider phenomenology of the exotic quadruplet fermions it predicts. These exotics can be pair produced at the LHC via electroweak interactions and their subsequent decays produce a host of multi-lepton signals. Furthermore, the branching fractions for events with distinct charged-leptons encode information about both the neutrino mass hierarchy and the leptonic mixing phases. In large regions of parameter-space discovery at the LHC with a 5 sigma significance is viable for masses approaching the TeV scale. read more

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