logo cctval 2018 logo utfsm 2018

header area inv 1

area1 480

area1 320

Theoretical Particle Physics


Neutrinoless double beta decay and lepton number violation at the LHC


Neutrinoless double beta decay and lepton number violation at the LHC

Research areas:

Física Teórica de Partículas



Type of Publication:

In Proceeding


  • Juan Carlos Helo
  • M. Hirsch
  • Sergey Kovalenko
  • H. Pas


Phys. Rev.






We compare the discovery potential of the LHC for lepton number violating (LNV) signals with the sensitivity of current and future double beta decay experiments, assuming 0νββ decay is dominated by heavy particle exchange. We consider charged scalar, leptoquark and diquark mechanisms of 0νββ decay, covering the 0νββ decay operators with both, the smallest and largest, possible rates. We demonstrate, if 0νββ decay were found with a half-life below 1026–1027 years a positive signal should show up at the LHC, except for some particular cases of the leptoquark mechanism, and vice versa, if the LHC does not find any hints for LNV, a “short-range” explanation for a finite 0νββ decay half-life will be ruled out in most cases. We argue, if a positive LNV signal were found at the LHC, it is possible to identify the dominant contribution to 0νββ. Two different kinds of observables which could provide such “model discriminating” power are discussed: different invariant mass peaks and the charge asymmetry.