Large muon- and electron-number nonconservation in supergravity theories

Francesca Borzumati, Antonio Masiero

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We discuss muon and electron lepton-number nonconservation due to renormalization effects of the scalar-lepton mass matrix in spontaneously broken N=1 supergravity theories. Differently from the case of massless or Dirac neutrinos, we find that if neutrinos are Majorana particles in a "seesaw" scheme the couplings photino-lepton-scalar-lepton lead to sizable rates for the processes e and +nucleuse+nucleus. We discuss the constraints derived from the present experimental bounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)961-964
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1986 Jan 1

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