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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)