A minimal model of neutrino flavor

Christoph Luhn, Krishna Mohan Parattu, Akin Wingerter

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Models of neutrino mass which attempt to describe the observed lepton mixing pattern are typically based on discrete family symmetries with a non-Abelian and one or more Abelian factors. The latter so-called shaping symmetries are imposed in order to yield a realistic phenomenology by forbidding unwanted operators. Here we propose a supersymmetric model of neutrino flavor which is based on the group T 7 and does not require extra Z N or U(1) factors in the Yukawa sector, which makes it the smallest realistic family symmetry that has been considered so far. At leading order, the model predicts tribimaximal mixing which arises completely accidentally from a combination of the T 7 Clebsch-Gordan coefficients and suitable flavon alignments. Next-to-leading order (NLO) operators break the simple tribimaximal structure and render the model compatible with the recent results of the Daya Bay and Reno collaborations which have measured a reactor angle of around 9. Problematic NLO deviations of the other two mixing angles can be controlled in an ultraviolet completion of the model. The vacuum alignment mechanism that we use necessitates the introduction of a hidden flavon sector that transforms under Z6 symmetry, thereby spoiling the minimality of our model whose flavor symmetry is then T 7 × Z6.

Original languageEnglish
Article number96
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Beyond Standard Model
  • Discrete and Finite Symmetries
  • Neutrino Physics


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