Neutrino Mass: Past, Present, Future


Nicolai Popov, PhD – Professor, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, München, Germany
Igor Strakovsky, PhD – Professor, Department of Physics, The George Washington University, Washington, DC USA

Series: Physics Research and Technology
BISAC: SCI051000; SCI103000

This book addresses topical problems in neutrino physics, in particular the determination of neutrino masses. The neutrino was predicted 90 years ago, and its mass is still unknown. Here we trace the evolution of neutrino mass research and present the current understanding.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. A Bit of History

Chapter 2. Problem of the Masses

Chapter 3. Beta-Decay

Chapter 4. Neutrinoless Double Beta-Decay

Chapter 5. Neutrino Oscillations

Chapter 6. Neutrino Sources

Chapter 7. Conclusion

Photo Gallery


About the Authors


Book Reviews

“This book provides a brief overview of approximately 40 years of experimental search for a non-zero mass of neutrinos. It presents the results of experimental studies on beta-decay, double beta-decay, neutrino oscillations in vacuum and matter, the results of attempts to measure neutrino-free double beta-decay, and experiments planned for the future. While discussing the experimental problems, the necessary theoretical background is presented, with numerous references to the literature. It is worth noting that the authors refer to the achievements of outstanding physicists whose work contributed to the emergence of the discussed field. The photo gallery of these characters brings them closer to the reader. This book is aimed primarily at physicists, but also has great educational value for PhD students.”  –Doctor Wilhelm Czaplinski, University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland

 “Imagine you have a friend whom you have known for decades and whose friendship you highly appreciate, but who adamantly refuses to reveal his name.  In physics, the neutrino appears to look much like that elusive friend. Though the physicists learned of neutrino’s existence almost a century ago and despite the fact that the neutrino is one of fundamental components of the matter around us, the neutrino mass spectrum is still unknown.  This puzzle is the main theme of the book. The authors present a thorough discussion of reasons why the puzzle exists and of efforts to resolve it.  A seasoned researcher and a curious layman will each benefit from the material of this interesting book.” – Professor Vitaly Efimov, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

“I’ve never been a big fan of neutrinos because of typically low statistics of experiments studying their properties and difficulties with reconstruction of the processes with neutrinos in the final state. The first feature is no longer true today and the second inspired physicists to invent various beautiful methods of analysis. This book discusses one more fascinating property of neutrinos – their masses. Nonzero masses of neutrinos obviously violate the Standard model but at the same time do not contradict its most stringent tests. The book clearly describes various consequences of this mystery and experiments to understand it.” – Professor Simon Eidelman, Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk, Russia

 “Mysterious behavior neutrino keeps providing us hints to reveal the secret of nature. The book gives excellent description of neutrino physics from the very appearance of neutrino towards the recent topics of expanding fields.” – Professor Toru Sato, RCNP, Osaka University

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