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Neutrino oscillations in curved spacetime: A heuristic treatment

  • Author(s): Cardall, CY;
  • Fuller, GM
  • et al.

We discuss neutrino oscillations in curved spacetime. Our heuristic approach can accommodate matter effects and gravitational contributions to neutrino spin precession in the presence of a magnetic field. By way of illustration, we perform explicit calculations in the Schwarzschild geometry. In this case, gravitational effects on neutrino oscillations are intimately related to the redshift. We discuss how spacetime curvature could affect the resonance position and adiabaticity of matter-enhanced neutrino flavor conversion. © 1997 The American Physical Society.

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