Linking neutrino oscillations to the nucleosynthesis of elements
1 Institut für Kernphysik (Theoriezentrum), Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64289, Darmstadt, Germany
2 GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerioneneforschung, 64291, Darmstadt, Germany
3 School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Published online: 12 February 2016
Neutrino interactions with matter play an important role in determining the nucleosynthesis outcome in explosive astrophysical environments such as core-collapse supernovae or mergers of compact objects. In this article, we first discuss our recent work on the importance of studying the time evolution of collective neutrino oscillations among active flavors in determining their effects on nucleosynthesis. We then consider the possible active-sterile neutrino mixing and demonstrate the need of a consistent approach to evolve neutrino flavor oscillations, matter composition, and the hydrodynamics when flavor oscillations can happen very deep inside the supernovae.
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