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SM + Type I Seesaw Mechanism

Implementation Author

Richard Ruiz

  • University of Durham (IPPP)
  • richard.ruiz AT

In collaboration with Daniel Alva and Tao Han.

Model Description

The Type I Seesaw Model extends the Standard Model (SM) field content by introducing three right-handed (RH) neutrinos, which are singlets under the SM gauge symmetry (no color, weak isospin, or weak hypercharge charges), with each RH neutrino possessing one RH Majorana mass. After electroweak symmetry breaking, the effective Type I Seesaw Lagrangian with three heavy Majorana neutrinos Ni (for i=1,2,3) is given by [ 1 ]

\mathcal{L}_{\rm Type~I} = \mathcal{L}_{\rm SM} + \mathcal{L}_{N} + \mathcal{L}_{N~\text{Int.}}

The first term is the Standard Model Lagrangian. In the mass basis, i.e., after mixing with active neutrinos, the heavy Majorana neutrinos' kinetic and mass terms are

\mathcal{L}_{N} = \frac{1}{2}\overline{N_k} i\!\not\!\partial N_k - \frac{1}{2}m_{N_k} \overline{N_k}N_k, \quad k=1,\dots,3,

and its interactions with the Weak gauge and Higgs bosons are given by

\mathcal{L}_{N~\text{Int}} = 
&-&\frac{g}{\sqrt{2}} W_{\mu}^{+}\sum_{k=1}^{3}\sum_{\ell=e}^{\tau} \overline{N_k}V_{\ell k}^{*}\gamma^{\mu}P_{L}\ell^{-}
+{\rm H.c.}
&-&\frac{g}{2\cos\theta_W}Z_{\mu}\sum_{k=1}^{3}\sum_{\ell=e}^{\tau} \overline{N_k}V_{\ell k}^{*}\gamma^{\mu}P_{L}\nu_\ell
+{\rm H.c.}
&-&\frac{g m_N}{2 M_W}         h \sum_{k=1}^{3}\sum_{\ell=e}^{\tau} \overline{N_k}V_{\ell k}^{*}P_{L}\nu_\ell
+{\rm H.c.}

The mixing matrix elements Vlk parametrize the mixing between the (active) lepton flavor eigenstate l and the heavy mass eigenstate Nk that corresponds to mass mNk.

Model Files

  • Main model file. Relies on (default FR model file) being declared elsewhere.
  • heavyN.nb: Mathematica notebook file that loads FR and model files. Allows user to run quick sanity checks (optional) and outputs UFO file.
  • Seesaw_TypeI.tgz: Standalone package containing, heavyN.nb, massless.rst (default FR file), diagonalCKM.rst (default FR file), and (default FR file).
  • Seesaw_TypeI_withUFO.tgz: Same as Seesaw_TypeI.tgz but with UFO folder generated using restrictions massless.rst (only massive fermions are the top quark and three Majorana neutrinos) and diagonalCKM.rst (CKM matrix set to unity).


  • To download any of the packages and unpack via the terminal, use the commands:

~/Path $ wget

~/Path $ tar -zxvf Seesaw_TypeI.tgz

~/Path $ wget

~/Path $ tar -zxvf Seesaw_TypeI_WithUFO.tgz

  • This model contains 15 free parameters:
    • Three masses: mN1, mN2, mN3. Defaults are 300 GeV, 500 GeV, and 1 TeV, respectively.
    • Three widths: WN1, WN2, WN3. Defaults are 0.303 GeV, 1.50 GeV, and 12.3 GeV, respectively.
    • Nine mixing parameters: Vlk for l = e, mu, tau and k = 1,2,3. Default values are Vlk = Identity(3x3), i.e., Ve1 = Vmu2 = Vta3 = 1 and all others zero.
    • Note: VlN are restricted to be real in the model file.
    • Note: Default parameters are set so "out-of-the-box" comparisons can be performed with Ref [ 2 ].


  • The model file was implemented in Ref. [ 2 ] using FeynRules v2.0.6 and MG5_aMC@NLO (MG5) v2.1.0 and v2.3.2.2. See Tables 2 and 5 of Ref. [ 2 ] for further validation checks; note that mixing matrices have been factored out/normalized in tabulated results.
  • For very large masses, this model has been constructed to satisfy the Goldstone Equivalence Theorem: \begin{eqnarray}
\text{BR}(N_i \rightarrow W^+ \ell^-) &=& \text{BR}(N_i \rightarrow W^- \ell^+) =
\text{BR}(N_i \rightarrow Z \nu_\ell + Z \overline{\nu_\ell} ) &=&
\text{BR}(N_i \rightarrow h \nu_\ell + h \overline{\nu_\ell} ) = 25\%.

List of analyses that have used the model file

  • Please email me to update this space.


[1] A. Atre, T. Han, S. Pascoli and B. Zhang, The Search for Heavy Majorana Neutrinos, JHEP 0905, 030 (2009) arXiv:0901.3589 [hep-ph]

[2] D. Alva, T. Han, R. Ruiz, Heavy Majorana neutrinos from #!latex $W\gamma$ fusion at hadron colliders, JHEP 1502, 072 (2015), arXiv:1411.7305 [hep-ph]

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