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The Hypothesis of Superluminal Neutrinos: comparing OPERA with other Data

Authors
  • Drago, Alessandro
  • Masina, Isabella
  • Pagliara, Giuseppe
  • Tripiccione, Raffaele
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Oct 26, 2011
Submission Date
Sep 27, 2011
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/97/21002
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

The OPERA Collaboration reported evidence for muonic neutrinos traveling slightly faster than light in vacuum. While waiting further checks from the experimental community, here we aim at exploring some theoretical consequences of the hypothesis that muonic neutrinos are superluminal, considering in particular the tachyonic and the Coleman-Glashow cases. We show that a tachyonic interpretation is not only hardly reconciled with OPERA data on energy dependence, but that it clashes with neutrino production from pion and with neutrino oscillations. A Coleman-Glashow superluminal neutrino beam would also have problems with pion decay kinematics for the OPERA setup; it could be easily reconciled with SN1987a data, but then it would be very problematic to account for neutrino oscillations.

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