Special Issue 2019 on Neutrino and Dark Matter


Call for Papers

Non-vanishing neutrino masses and the existence of non-baryonic Dark Matter (DM) represent the only two firm observational evidences of new physics beyond the Standard Model (SM). In the SM, neutrinos are massless, which was refuted by neutrino oscillation experiments. The seesaw mechanism is one of the elegant ways to explain the smallness of neutrino masses and their mixing angles. Lepton number violation is the most striking phenomenological signature of this mechanism. The first part of this special issue will be devoted to the crucial progress in theoretical and experimental aspects of neutrino physics. We will also explore search strategies for heavy right-(s) neutrinos at the LHC and future colliders.

The SM does not possess any candidate for DM, for which there is currently abundant evidence. The most recent observations by the Planck satellite confirmed that 26.8% of the matter content in the universe is in the form of DM, whereas the usual visible matter, described by the SM, only accounts for 5% of this content. In this issue, some candidate particles for DM will be discussed, along with experiments searching for them, which are becoming more sensitive every year. Besides our focus on the theoretical and experimental aspects of DM, we will also explore recent research focusing on the links between neutrinos and DM.

The recent developments in neutrino and DM physics, with important applications to particle physics and cosmology, are the main theme of this special issue, which we will therefore dedicate to an open discussion of the new and challenging questions about neutrinos and DM. In doing so, we hope to present the new theories and analogies which evolved recently in the field.


  • Neutrinos masses and mixing
  • Neutrinos and cosmology
  • Heavy neutrinos
  • Sterile neutrinos
  • Neutrino oscillation experiments
  • Neutrinoless double beta decay experiments

Dark Matter:

  • WIMP phenomenology
  • Light DM
  • Direct detection of DM
  • Indirect detection of DM
  • DM searches at the LHC

Time Schedule:

Submission Deadline March 1, 2019
Publication Date March 15, 2019


Fees for the publication in the special issue is 150 USD after 50% discount.

Guest Editor:

Ernest Ma, Physics Department, University of California Riverside, USA