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Dynamical Majorana Neutrino Masses and Axions

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Original languageEnglish
JournalNuclear Physics B
Published4 Oct 2020

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Abstract

We discuss dynamical mass generation for fermions and pseudoscalar fields (axion-like particles (ALP)), in the context of effective theories containing Yukawa type interactions between the fermions and ALPs. We discuss both Hermitian and non-Hermitian Yukawa interactions, which are motivated in the context of some scenarios for radiative (anomalous) Majorana sterile neutrino masses in some effective field theories. The latter contain shift-symmetry breaking Yukawa interactions between sterile neutrinos and ALPs. We show that, for a Hermitian Yukawa interaction, there is no (pseudo)scalar dynamical mass generation, but there is fermion dynamical mass generation, provided one adds a bare (pseudo)scalar mass. The situation is opposite for an anti-Hermitian Yukawa model: there is (pseudo)scalar dynamical mass generation, but no fermion dynamical mass generation.In the presence of additional attractive four-fermion interactions, dynamical fermion mass generation can occur in these models, under appropriate conditions and range of their couplings.

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