Neutrino mass generation and leptogenesis via pseudo-Nambu-Goldstone Higgs portal

Preprint number: CP3-Origins-2017-24 DNRF90
Authors: Tommi Alanne (CP3-Origins), Aurora Meroni (University of Helsinki & Helsinki Institute of Physics), and Kimmo Tuominen (University of Helsinki & Helsinki Institute of Physics)
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We consider an extension of the Standard Model with the global symmetry breaking pattern SO(5)/SO(4), where the Higgs boson arises as a pseudo-Nambu-Goldstone boson. The scalar content of the theory consists of a Standard-Model-like Higgs field and an extra real scalar field. The flavour sector of the model is extended by two right-handed neutrinos compatible with the observed light-neutrino phenomenology, and we find that the correct vacuum alignment determines the mass of the heavier neutrino eigenstate to be around 80 TeV. The new singlet-scalar state generates dynamically a Majorana mass term for the heavy neutrino states. We show how the model leads to the correct baryon asymmetry of the universe via leptogenesis in the case of two degenerate or hierarchical heavy neutrinos.