We study the purely leptonic decays of W-+/- -> e(+/-)e(+/-)mu(-/+)nu and mu +/-mu +/- e -/+nu produced at the LHC, induced by sterile neutrinos with mass m(N) below M-W in the intermediate state. Since the final state neutrino escapes detection, one cannot tell whether this process violates lepton number, which would indicate a Majorana character for the intermediate sterile neutrino. Our study shows that when the sterile neutrino mixings with electrons and muons are different enough, one can still discriminate between the Dirac and Majorana character of this intermediate neutrino by simply counting and comparing the above decay rates. After performing collider simulations and statistical analysis, we find that at the 14 TeV LHC with an integrated luminosity of 3000 fb(-1), for two benchmark scenarios m(N) = 20 and 50 GeV, at least a 3 sigma level of exclusion on the Dirac case can be achieved for disparities as mild as, e.g., vertical bar U-Ne vertical bar(2) < 0.7 vertical bar U-N mu vertical bar(2) or vertical bar U-N mu vertical bar(2) < 0.7 vertical bar U-Ne vertical bar(2), provided that vertical bar U-Ne vertical bar(2) and vertical bar U-N mu vertical bar(2) are both above similar to 2 x 10(-6).
LEPTON FLAVOR VIOLATION
; MAJORANA NEUTRINOS