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Reconstruction of the neutrino mass as a function of redshift

Lorenz, Christiane S., Funcke, Lena, Löffler, Matthias and Calabrese, Erminia ORCID: 2021. Reconstruction of the neutrino mass as a function of redshift. Physical Review D 104 (12) , 123518. 10.1103/PhysRevD.104.123518

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We reconstruct the neutrino mass as a function of redshift, z , from current cosmological data using both standard binned priors and linear spline priors with variable knots. Using cosmic microwave background temperature, polarization and lensing data, in combination with distance measurements from baryonic acoustic oscillations and supernovae, we find that the neutrino mass is consistent with ∑ m ν ( z ) = const . We obtain a larger bound on the neutrino mass at low redshifts coinciding with the onset of dark energy domination, ∑ m ν ( z = 0 ) < 1.46     eV (95% CL). This result can be explained either by the well-known degeneracy between ∑ m ν and Ω Λ at low redshifts, or by models in which neutrino masses are generated very late in the Universe. We finally convert our results into cosmological limits for models with nonrelativistic neutrino decay and find ∑ m ν < 0.21     eV (95% CL), which would be out of reach for the KATRIN experiment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)
Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: American Physical Society
ISSN: 2470-0010
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 March 2022
Date of Acceptance: 19 October 2021
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2024 16:19

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