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Advances in High Energy Physics
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 1490860, 11 pages
Research Article

Impact of Nonstandard Interactions on Neutrino-Nucleon Scattering

Theoretical Physics Section, University of Ioannina, 451 10 Ioannina, Greece

Received 13 July 2016; Revised 30 September 2016; Accepted 15 November 2016

Academic Editor: Burak Bilki

Copyright © 2016 D. K. Papoulias and T. S. Kosmas. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The publication of this article was funded by SCOAP3.


Nonstandard neutrino-nucleon interaction is formulated and explored within the energy range of quasi-elastic scattering. In particular, the study focuses on the neutral-current elastic (anti)neutrino scattering off nucleons described by the exotic reactions and , which provide corrections to the dominant Standard Model processes. In this context, it is shown that the required exotic nucleon form factors may have a significant impact on the relevant cross sections. Besides cross sections, the event rate is expected to be rather sensitive to the magnitude of the lepton-flavour violating parameters resulting in an excess of events. The overlap of nonstandard interactions and strange quark contributions, in the region of few GeV neutrino energies, is also examined. The formalism is applied for the case of the relevant neutrino-nucleon scattering experiments (LSND, MiniBooNE, etc.) and motivates the notion that such facilities have high potential to probe NSI.