The Neutrinos



“The neutrino is the smallest bit of material reality ever conceived of by man; the largest is the universe. To attempt to understand something of one in terms of the other is to attempt to span the dimension in which lie all manifestations of natural law.” These comments were made in 1956 by Cowan and Reines in their report on the definite evidence of the neutrino,1 the elementary particle that Pauli postulated 26 years earlier in his attempt to explain the continuous energy spectrum of the electrons emitted by β-decays of nuclei:\({N_1}\left( Z \right) \to {N_2}\left( {Z + 1} \right) + {e^ - } + {\overline v _e}\).


Neutrino Mass Neutrino Oscillation Charged Current Neutral Current Majorana Neutrino 
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Suggestions for Further Reading

Neutrino mass, oscillations, MSW mechanism, solar neutrino deficit

  1. Bahcall, J., Calaprice, F., McDonald, A. and Toksuka, Y., Solar Neutrino Experiments: The Next Generation. Physics Today, July 1996Google Scholar
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  3. Kim, C. W. and Pevsner, A., Neutrinos in Physics and Astrophysics. Harwood Academic Publishers, Chur 1993Google Scholar

Neutral currents

  1. Binétruy, P., Maiani, L., Pessard, H., Rozanov, A., Smirnov, A. and Veltman, M., in Neutral Currents Twenty Years Later, Proc. Int. Conf. Paris 1993. (ed. Nguyen-Khac, Ung and Lutz, A. M. ). World Scientific, Singapore 1994Google Scholar
  2. Neutrino helicity (Goldhaber experiment); deep inelastic v-N scattering:Google Scholar
  3. Commins, E. D. and Bucksbaum, P. H., Weak Interactions of Leptons and Quarks. Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge 1983Google Scholar
  4. Perkins, D. H., Introduction to High Energy Physics ( Third edition) Addison-Wesley, Menlo Park, CA 1987Google Scholar


  1. Adler, S. L., in Lectures on Elementary Particles Physics and Quantum Field Theory, Proc. 1970 Brandeis Summer Institute (ed. Deser, S., Grisaru, M. and Pendleton, H.). MIT-Press, Cambridge 1970Google Scholar
  2. Jackiw, R., in Current Algebra and Anomalies (ed. Treiman, S., Jackiw, R., Zumino, B. and Witten, E. ). World Scientific, Singapore 1985Google Scholar

CVC, PCAC, etc

  1. Scheck, F., Electroweak and Strong Interactions. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 1996Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversité LavalSte-FoyCanada
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Hautes EnergiesUniversités Paris VI et VIIParis Cedex 05France

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