PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 382 - The Eighth Annual Conference on Large Hadron Collider Physics (LHCP2020) - Poster session
Modified lepton couplings and the Cabibbo-angle anomaly
C.A. Manzari,* A. Coutinho, A. Crivellin
*corresponding author
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Significant discrepancies between the different determinations of the Cabibbo angle have been observed. Here, we point out that this “Cabibbo-angle anomaly” can be explained by lepton flavour universality (LFU) violating New Physics (NP) in the neutrino sector. However, modified neutrino couplings to Standard Model gauge bosons also affect many other observables sensitive to LFU violation, which have to be taken into account in order to assess the viability of this explanation. Therefore, we perform a model-independent Bayesian global analysis and find that non-zero modifications of electron and muon neutrino couplings are preferred at more than $99.99\%\,{\rm C.L.}$ (corresponding to more than $4\,\sigma$). Our results show that constructive effects in the muon sector are necessary, meaning simple models with right-handed neutrinos are discarded and more sophisticated NP models required.
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