There is an accepted approach to calculation of the neutrino flavor density-matrix in the halo of a supernova, in which neutrino amplitudes, not cross-sections, need to be followed carefully in the region above the region of frequent scatterings. The same reasoning and techniques, applied to the evolution of neutrino flavors and energy distributions in the early universe in the era of neutrino decoupling, leads to radical changes in the predictions of the effects of the neutrino-neutrino interaction. Predictions for the production of sterile neutrinos, should they exist, will also be changed.
- Pub Date:
- April 2021
- High Energy Physics - Phenomenology;
- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
- Similar to withdrawn 2011.05456, but with second example now calculated correctly. Title changed with "refractive" replaced by "collective", because non-specialists were interpreting it incorrectly. 5 pages, 2 figures. arXiv admin note: text overlap with arXiv:2011.05456