Mini Review ARTICLE
A UV Picture of a Loop Induced Neutrino Mass Model and Its Phenomenological Consequences
- Division of Liberal-Arts, Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan
In this article, we review several models where tiny neutrino masses are radiatively generated via loop diagrams. In such models, additional scalar fields are often introduced so that the Standard Model Higgs sector is extended.Such an extension results in a rich phenomenology of the model. We briefly discuss such a model and its UV completion to highlight some of its phenomenological consequences.
Precise measurement of the Higgs boson property at the LHC experiments [1–6] suggests that the Standard Model (SM) provides quite a good explanation of the physics of elementary particles. However, there still are several unsolved problems in the SM. For example, there is no dark matter (DM) candidate, no successful baryogenesis scenario works, gauge hierarchy problems should be solved by some additional mechanism, and so on. An origin of tiny neutrino mass has been one of such problems for more than two decades. The neutrino oscillation data [7–12] requires that there are tiny mass squared differences among three neutrino mass eigenvalues, and the absolute value of the neutrino masses have quite a severe upper bound of eV [13, 14].
In many models, the tiny neutrino masses are originated from the dimension five operator  after the electroweak symmetry breaking. The question is how to provide the suppressed coefficient of the operator. There are essentially three possibilities to get such a suppression factor naturally. One idea is using a suppression by a mass scale. Since the operator is dimension five, the coefficient is suppressed by some mass scale. If such a mass scale is significantly larger than the electroweak scale, the coefficient of the dimension five operator gets a strong suppression. The necessary mass scale M in this case is naively estimated by the relation , so that mν ~ 0.1 eV suggests M ~ 1015 GeV. The most famous mechanism of this possibility is so-called type I seesaw model [16–20], where heavy right handed neutrinos (RHNs) are introduced to the SM and the dimension five operator is suppressed by this heavy mass scale after decoupling of the RHNs. The second mechanism is that the smallness of the coefficient is naturally explained as a result of slightly broken symmetry. This idea is realized e.g., in inverse seesaw mechanism [21, 22]. The third possibility is that the operator is generated through quantum loop effect [23–34]. In this case, the suppression comes from the loop factor. For example, in a one-loop model, the coefficient gets a suppression factor of 1/(4π)2 in addition to a suppression by a particle mass in the loop. In Figure 1, examples of relevant diagrams for neutrino masses are shown in several models. A recent comprehensive review on the third possibility can be found, for example, in Cai et al. .
Comparing to the first cases (e.g., type-I seesaw mechanism), one can find that the mass scale of new particles should be much lower in the second cases. In a case that the neutrino mass is induced via n-loop diagram, the neutrino mass can be roughly estimated as
where λ is some coupling constant, and M is a mass scale of new particle running in the loop. For example, in a 3-loop model with λ ~ 0.1, a new particle with a mass is necessary. Such a new particle can be discovered by future collider experiments such as LHC.
In models where colored new particles run in the loop diagrams for the neutrino masses, these particles can also contribute to several processes in B physics [36–40]. By these new contributions, one can give an explanation of B anomalies reported by the BaBar experiment and the LHCb experiment [41–47]. From this viewpoint, models with loop induced neutrino masses have been attracting a lot of attention.
However, in many cases, such models are constructed as a phenomenological model. We strongly expect that there is a UV complete theory above a cutoff scale as a more fundamental picture of such a phenomenological model. There are a few attempts to construct such a UV picture. For example, in Doršner et al. , a grand unified model which leads to loop induced neutrino masses at a low energy scale is proposed. In this article, we introduce another possibility based on SUSY gauge theory with confinement [49–52]. In the low energy effective theory of this theory, the Higgs sector is extended to include necessary fields to draw loop diagrams which leads to the dimension five operator. In the model, DM candidates are included, and the electroweak phase transition is enhanced strongly enough for successful electroweak baryogenesis [53–61].
This review is organized as follows. In section 2, we introduce typical concrete examples of models with loop induced neutrino masses. In section 3, we discuss an example UV picture of such a phenomenological model. We there also discuss phenomenological consequences of the UV theory. A summary is presented in section 4.
2. Radiative Neutrino Mass Models
In this section, we review typical examples of models with loop induced neutrino mass. The models are classified into two groups. In a class of models with RHNs, there should be an additional symmetry, which is a discrete symmetry in many cases, and the RHNs have a charge under that symmetry. For example, in a model with Z2 parity, odd parity is assigned to the RHNs, since the tree level Yukawa coupling of RHNs with the lepton doublets should be forbidden. In another class of models, no RHNs are introduced.
In this review, we focus on models with RHNs [28–34], because such models has a big advantage, which is that there is a DM candidate. In order to generate the dimension five operator, the lepton number should be broken in the loop. In a model with RHNs, the Majorana mass of each RHN breaks the lepton number. As already described, a new symmetry is necessary to forbid the tree level Yukawa couplings of RHNs. To realize this with keeping the Majorana mass term of RHNs, the simplest symmetry is a Z2 parity and the odd parity is assigned to the RHNs. In this setup, the lightest neutral Z2-odd particle in the model can be a DM candidate, unless the Z2 is broken.
A very well-known example of such models with one-loop induced neutrino mass is the Ma model , where the Z2 odd inert doublet scalar η and three Z2 odd RHNs Ni are introduced to the SM. The dimension five operator is generated via the one-loop diagram shown in Figure 1A. In this model, the lighter one among Ni and the neutral component of η can be a DM candidate.
Two-loop models with RHNs are also discussed e.g., in Aoki et al. , Kajiyama et al. . In the model proposed in Aoki et al. , the vertex corresponding to the ηηHH coupling in the Ma model is induced by one-loop. On the other hand, In the model proposed in Kajiyama et al. , the Majorana mass terms of Ni in the Ma-model are induced by one-loop.
There are examples of three loop models. Let us here introduce two examples. One is called Kraus-Nasri-Trodden model (KNT model) , and the other is called Aoki-Kanemura-Seto model (AKS model) [32–34]. In the KNT model, in addition to three Z2 odd RHNs, a Z2 even singly (electric) charged singlet scalar and a Z2 odd singly charged singlet scalar are introduced. The three loop diagram for the dimension five operator is shown in Figure 1B.
In the AKS model, the discrete symmetry is imposed. The Z2 parity is assumed to be unbroken, while the symmetry is softly broken in the Lagrangian. For the particle content, an extra scalar doublet H′, three RHNs Ni, a neutral singlet scalar ζ, and a charged singlet scalar Ω− are introduced to the SM. Under the , the SM particles and the new particles are charged as q(+, +), uR(+, −), dR(+, −), ℓ(+, +), eR(+, +), H(+, +), H′(+, −), Ω−(−, +), ζ(−, −), and Ni(−, +). With this parity assignment, the Higgs sector of the model is nothing but the Type-X two Higgs doublet model . The neutrino masses are generated by the three loop diagram shown in Figure 1C. In this model, the unbroken Z2 symmetry guarantees the stability of the DM, so that the lightest neutral particle among Ni and ζ can be a DM candidate. In addition, it is nice that the electroweak phase transition is enhanced by loop contributions of Z2-odd particles in this model. As mentioned later, such enhancement of electroweak phase transition is required for successful electroweak baryogenesis. Therefore, the AKS models has a potential to solve three big problems in the SM, neutrino mass, DM, and baryogenesis.
SUSY extension of these models are also discussed in literature. For example, the SUSY version of the Ma model is studied in e.g., [30, 31]. The SUSY version of the AKS model is provided as a low energy effective theory of a SUSY SU(2)H gauge theory with confinement, which is briefly introduced in section 3.
3. A UV Picture
The models discussed in the previous section are interesting as phenomenological models, since several new particles are introduced at around the TeV scale so that many new phenomena are predicted and will be tested in future experiments. However, they seem to be artificial from a view point of a fundamental theory. Here we would like to consider a example UV picture of such a phenomenological model. In Kanemura et al. [49–52], an concrete example of UV theory of a loop induced neutrino mass model is proposed. The theory is based on a SUSY gauge theory with confinement.
In SUSY SU(Nc) gauge theory with Nc + 1 flavor fields, it is known that confinement occurs at some scale . We use this setup and we consider a model with SU(2)H symmetry with three flavor fields. These three flavor fields are fundamental representations of SU(2)H. Note that each of three fields has their anti-matter partner so that there are six flavor fields in total. We describe these fields as Ti(i = 1, ···, 6). After confinement, we have fifteen mesonic fields Hij ~ TiTj. The setup of this model is almost the same as in the minimal SUSY fat Higgs model . In this model, additional fields are introduced in order to make only two doublets and one singlet mesonic fields light. In the model considered here, in contrast, all the mesonic fields appears in the low energy effective theory.
We here additionally introduce a RHN which is singlet under both SU(2)H and the SM gauge symmetries. We assume that the model has an unbroken discrete symmetry Z2 which forbids tree level contributions to neutrino masses. The RHN is considered as an Z2 odd field. Table 1I shows the charge assignments of Ti and the RHN under the SM gauge symmetry, SU(2)H, and the Z2 parity, and Table 1II shows the fifteen mesonic fields below the confinement scale ΛH which are canonically normalized as .
Table 1. (I) The charge assignment of the SU(2)H doublets Ti and the RHN under the electroweak gauge group (SU(2)L × U(1)Y) and the Z2 parity. (II) The field content of the extended Higgs sector in the low energy effective theory below the scale ΛH.
The superpotential of the Higgs sector below ΛH is given by
By the naive dimensional analysis, one expects λ ≃ 4π at the confinement scale ΛH. We here assume that the mass parameters μ = λ〈N〉, μΦ = λ〈NΦ 〉 and μΩ = λ〈NΩ〉 are induced by the vacuum expectation values (vev's) of Z2-even singlet fields N, NΦ and NΩ. The Yukawa couplings and the Majorana mass term of the RHNs are given by
In the low energy effective theory of this model, the dimension five operator is generated via loop contributions shown in Figure 1 of Kanemura et al.  (one of the diagrams is shown in Figure 1C in this paper). There are both one-loop and three-loop contributions. The one-loop and three-loop diagrams correspond to the SUSY versions of the Ma model  and AKS model [32–34], respectively. It is worthwhile pointing out that the one-loop diagrams and three-loop diagrams are controlled by different coupling constants, i.e., one-loop diagrams are driven by the coupling yN and the three-loop diagrams are controlled by another coupling hN. Both one-loop and three-loop contributions can be significant if these coupling constants are hierarchical as hN ≫ yN. Therefore, two different mass squared differences can be generated even if only one RHN is introduced1.
In the SU(2)H model, not only the tiny neutrino masses but also other unsolved problems in the SM such as DM and baryogenesis may be solved. For the DM, the model contains the unbroken Z2 symmetry as well as the unbroken R-parity. These discrete symmetries guarantee the stability of DM candidates. Since there are two different unbroken parities, there are potentially three kinds of DM candidates, i.e., the lightest particles with the parity assignments of (−, +), (+, −), and (−, −). If we consider the case that one of them is heavier than the sum of the masses of the others, the heaviest one decays into the other two DM particles so that the heaviest particle cannot be a DM.
Also, electroweak baryogenesis may work in the SU(2)H model. It is known that for successful electroweak baryogenesis, the 1st order phase transition (1stOPT) should be strong enough. This condition can be described by the inequality φc/Tc > 1. In addition, new CP violation phases are required in order to reproduce the correct amount of baryon asymmetry of the Universe. In this model, the 1stOPT can be enhanced by loop contributions of extra Z2-odd scalar particles strongly enough. Though the analysis on CP phases in this model has not been done yet, it is naively expected that we can introduce several CP phases relevant to baryogenesis as in the case of MSSM [67, 68].
In Kanemura et al. , a benchmark scenario is provided. It reproduces the appropriate neutrino mass matrix, explains the DM relic abundance, and satisfies the 1stOPT condition as well as the constraints from the experimental data such as from lepton flavor violating processes searches. In Figure 3 of Kanemura et al. , the mass spectrum of the relevant particles in this benchmark scenario is shown.
The benchmark parameter point discussed above is already excluded by the direct detection experiment of the DM . However, the predicted spin independent cross section can be significantly smaller, if we take into account the CP phases . It is because the pseudo-scalar interaction with DM fermions are not relevant to the spin-independent cross section. Such CP phases can affect the BAU. Therefore, it may be interesting to discuss the correlation among BAU, spin-independent cross section, and other CP violating phenomena such as electric dipole moments of electron, neutron, and so on. This kind of analysis remains as a future task.
We here discuss phenomenological consequences of the benchmark scenario. The Z2-even part of the spectrum is similar to the one in the nMSSM. In order to reproduce the relic abundance of the DM, a large mixing between doublet fields and singlet scalars are required. As a consequence, large mass splitting between the charged Higgs boson and the heavy Higgs bosons is predicted. The Z2-even part of this scenario can be distinguished from the MSSM by looking at such a specific mass spectrum.
The condition φc/Tc > 1 is satisfied by loop effects of Φu and Ω−. The same scalars also significantly affect the SM-like Higgs boson couplings, especially, the h-γ-γ coupling and the triple Higgs boson coupling. The prediction on the deviation of the SM-like Higgs couplings in this benchmark scenario is given by
where the κ's denote the ratios between coupling constants predicted in this benchmark point and ones predicted in the SM, i.e.,
Here, in particular, the deviations in h → γγ and the self coupling constant of the Higgs boson are as significant as 10-20%. By precise measurements of the SM-like Higgs boson couplings at future collider experiment such as the ILC [71, 72], the model can be distinguished from the nMSSM too.
Let us consider the Z2-odd sector. By direct search for inert doublet particles  and inert charged singlet searches  at a lepton collider, we expect to get a strong hint on the Z2-odd sector of the scenario.
We have reviewed some models with loop induced neutrino masses. Although such models are phenomenologically quite interesting, they seems to be artificial. We have discussed an example based on SUSY SU(2)H gauge theory with confinement as a UV picture of such a phenomenological model. In the low energy effective theory, three problems in the SM namely baryogenesis, DM, and tiny neutrino mass can be solved. The 1stOPT is enhanced strongly enough for successful electroweak baryogenesis [53–61], multi-components DM scenario is realized, and tiny neutrino masses [23–34] are generated via one-loop and three-loop diagrams. This model has a big advantage over the canonical type-I seesaw model. It is that new particles are required at a few TeV range so that the model will be tested at future experiments.
In models where tiny neutrino masses are radiatively generated via loop diagrams, the Higgs sector is often extended by introducing additional scalar fields. These additional scalar fields can contribute to various phenomenology. Some models can be distinguished with use of patterns of various phenomenological signals which are expected to be measured in future experiments. Then, it is expected that a UV theory which leads to a model with loop induced neutrino masses can be explored by investigating a pattern of various experimental signals. This situation is very different from a case of a grand unified theory with a grand desert such as SUSY SU(5) GUT.
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This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 17H05408 and by the Kogakuin University Grant for the project research.
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Keywords: neutrino mass, extended Higgs sector, UV theory, SUSY model, collider phenomenology
Citation: Shindou T (2019) A UV Picture of a Loop Induced Neutrino Mass Model and Its Phenomenological Consequences. Front. Phys. 6:159. doi: 10.3389/fphy.2018.00159
Received: 10 October 2018; Accepted: 20 December 2018;
Published: 14 January 2019.
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