Effect of neutrino heating on primordial nucleosynthesis

Brian D. Fields, Scott Dodelson, Michael S. Turner

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We modify the standard code for primordial nucleosynthesis to include the effect of the slight heating of neutrinos by e± annihilations. There is a small, systematic change in the He4 yield, ΔY+1.5×10-4, which is insensitive to the value of the baryon-to-photon ratio η for 10-10 η 10-9. We also find that the baryon-to-photon ratio decreases by about 0.5% less than the canonical factor of 411 because some of the entropy in e± pairs is transferred to neutrinos. These results are in accord with recent analytical estimates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4309-4314
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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