Solar Neutrinos: Questions and Hypotheses

Science  13 Feb 1987:
Vol. 235, Issue 4790, pp. 755-759
DOI: 10.1126/science.235.4790.755


The "solar neutrino puzzle" has been a challenge for almost 20 years, posing broad and fundamental questions about astrophysics and neutrino properties. This article sketches some of the ideas that have been put forward to solve the problem. These ideas can be grouped into two main classes: those involving changes in the standard solar model or in the basic nuclear reaction data, and those that attribute the puzzle to as yet unobserved properties of the neutrinos.