A New perspective on baryogenesis

Marta Losada, Sacha Davidson, Antonio Riotto

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All we know observationally about the reheating temperature Tr of the Universe is that it is larger than a few MeV to allow successful nucleosynthesis. We note that the maximum temperature during reheating can be much greater than the reheating temperature at which the Universe becomes radiation dominated. We show that the Standard Model anomalous (B+L)-violating processes can therefore be in thermal equilibrium for 1 GeV $\simlt T_{r}\ll 100$ GeV. Electroweak baryogenesis could work and the traditional upper bound on the Higgs mass coming from the requirement of the preservation of the baryon asymmetry may be relaxed. Alternatively, the baryon asymmetry may be reprocessed by sphaleron transitions either from a (B−L) asymmetry generated by the Affleck-Dine mechanism or from a chiral asymmetry between eR and eL in a B−L=0 Universe. Our findings are also relevant to the production of the baryon asymmetry in large extra dimension models.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages4
Journal High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
StatePublished - Jan 28 2000


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