Neutrino physics is one of the most active and exciting fields in today's particle physics. Thanks to recent outstanding experimental results we have now evidence that neutrinos do oscillate, which implies that they have mass. As a consequence these particles provide the first solid evidence for physics beyond the Standard Model, our current theory for the fundamental components of matter and their interactions.
This project deals with various aspects of neutrino physics from a theoretical point of view. Open questions related to neutrinos will be addressed, like the value of the third (so-far unknown) mixing angle, leptonic CP violation, the type of the neutrino mass spectrum, or the absolute neutrino mass scale. The project includes global analyses of experimental data, the phenomenological investigation of sub-leading effects in neutrino oscillations, and the consideration of possible non-standard neutrino properties.
Furthermore, topics like neutrino-less double beta decay, and cosmological implications of massive neutrinos will be considered. Analytical methods, as well as detailed numerical simulations will be used to investigate the fundamental properties of neutrinos. Such investigations are an important step to identify optimal future experimental strategies in neutrino physics, and hence the project will contribute to further establish Europe and apos;s role in this field. Concerning more theoretical aspects, the fact that neutrino masses are many orders of magnitude smaller than all other masses of known fermions indicates the existence of a new fundamental scale in physics. Therefore, the investigations proposed here may lead to new insights into a more complete theory beyond the Standard Model.
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