Probing the Neutrino Mass Hierarchy beyond ΛcDM Model

En Kun Li, Hongchao Zhang, Minghui Du, Zhi Huan Zhou, Lixin Xu

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Taking the neutrino oscillation data into consideration, a dimensionless parameter Δ = (m3-m1)/(m3+m1) is adopted to parameterize the three neutrino mass eigenstates and the normal (positive Δ) or inverted (negative Δ) mass hierarchies in three typical cosmological models. Using the currently available cosmic observational data, several Markov Chain Monte Carlo chains are obtained with uniform priors on the free parameters at first. Applying importance sampling the results are compared with three new priors, i.e., logarithmic prior on |Δ|, linear and logarithmic priors on Σ mν. It turns out that the three new priors increase the upper limits of neutrino mass, but do not change the tendency towards different model's preference for different hierarchies, i.e., the normal hierarchy tends to be favored by ΛCDM and wCDM, which, however, disappears in the w0 waCDM model. In addition, the almost symmetrical contours in the w-Δ, w0-Δ, wa-Δ planes indicate that the normal and inverted hierarchy have strong degeneracy. Finally, we perform a Bayesian model comparison analysis, finding that flat linear prior on Δ and w0 waCDM are the most preferred prior and model, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number042
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 28 2018


  • cosmological parameters from CMBR
  • neutrino masses from cosmology

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