Inelastic photon-neutrino interactions using an effective Lagrangian

Research paper by A. Abada, J. Matias, R. Pittau

Indexed on: 30 Sep '98Published on: 30 Sep '98Published in: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology

Abstract

We justify the feasibility of substituting a photon leg by a neutrino current in the Euler-Heisenberg Lagrangian to obtain an effective Lagrangian for the process $\gamma\nu\to\gamma\gamma \nu$ and its crossed reactions. We establish the link between these processes and the four-photon scattering in both the Standard Model and the effective theory. As an application, we compute the processes $\gamma\nu\to\gamma\gamma\nu$ and $\gamma\gamma\to\gamma{\nu}\bar\nu$, give their polarized cross sections, and show how to use the $\gamma\gamma\to\gamma\gamma$ results as a check. We settle the question about the disagreement between two computations in the literature concerning the reaction $\gamma\gamma\to \gamma \nu\bar\nu$.