Macroscopic parity violation and supernova asymmetries

C. J. Horowitz, J. Piekarewicz

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Abstract

Core collapse supernovae are dominated by weakly interacting neutrinos. This provides a unique opportunity for macroscopic parity violation. We speculate that parity violation in a strong magnetic field can lead to an asymmetry in the explosion and a recoil of the newly formed neutron star. We estimate the size of this asymmetry from neutrino polarized-neutron elastic scattering, polarized electron capture and neutrino-nucleus elastic scattering in a (partially) polarized electron gas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-289
Number of pages9
JournalNuclear Physics A
Volume640
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 Sep 1998
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the DOE under grant numbers DE-FG02-87ER40365,

Funding

This work was supported by the DOE under grant numbers DE-FG02-87ER40365,

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U.S. Department of EnergyDE-FG02-87ER40365

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