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Article number123515
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>20/06/2003
<mark>Journal</mark>Physical Review D
Issue number12
Number of pages7
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


We propose that the observed baryon asymmetry of the Universe can naturally arise from a net asymmetry generated in the sleptonic sector at fairly low reheat temperatures. The best candidate is indeed the right-handed sneutrino. The initial asymmetry in the sneutrino sector can be produced from the decay of the inflaton, and is subsequently transferred into the Standard Model (s)lepton doublet via the decay of the sneutrino. The active sphalerons then reprocess the leptonic asymmetry into the baryonic asymmetry. The marked feature of this scenario is that the lepton asymmetry is decoupled from the neutrino Yukawa sector. We exhibit that our scenario can be embedded within models which seek the origin of a tiny mass for neutrinos.

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© 2003 The American Physical Society 7 revtex pages, 2 figures (uses axodraw). Minor changes for better clarification and updated references. Final version to appear in Phys. Rev. D