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Oxana Smirnova

Oxana Smirnova

Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head of division

Oxana Smirnova

Search for Majorana neutrinos in same-sign WW scattering events from pp collisions at √s=13 TeV


  • G. Aad
  • T.P.A. Åkesson
  • C. Doglioni
  • P.A. Ekman
  • V. Hedberg
  • H. Herde
  • B. Konya
  • E. Lytken
  • R. Poettgen
  • N.D. Simpson
  • O. Smirnova
  • L. Zwalinski

Summary, in English

A search for Majorana neutrinos in same-sign WW scattering events is presented. The analysis uses s=13 TeV proton–proton collision data with an integrated luminosity of 140 fb - 1 recorded during 2015–2018 by the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. The analysis targets final states including exactly two same-sign muons and at least two hadronic jets well separated in rapidity. The modelling of the main backgrounds, from Standard Model same-sign WW scattering and WZ production, is constrained with data in dedicated signal-depleted control regions. The distribution of the transverse momentum of the second-hardest muon is used to search for signals originating from a heavy Majorana neutrino with a mass between 50 GeV and 20 TeV. No significant excess is observed over the background expectation. The results are interpreted in a benchmark scenario of the Phenomenological Type-I Seesaw model. In addition, the sensitivity to the Weinberg operator is investigated. Upper limits at the 95% confidence level are placed on the squared muon-neutrino–heavy-neutrino mass-mixing matrix element | VμN| 2 as a function of the heavy Majorana neutrino’s mass mN , and on the effective μμ Majorana neutrino mass | mμμ| . © 2023, CERN for the benefit of the ATLAS Collaboration.


  • Particle and nuclear physics
  • eSSENCE: The e-Science Collaboration

Publishing year





European Physical Journal C





Document type

Journal article




  • Subatomic Physics




  • ISSN: 1434-6044