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Proposal for an Electron Antineutrino Disappearance Search Using High-Rate Li8 Production and Decay

A. Bungau, A. Adelmann, J. R. Alonso, W. Barletta, R. Barlow, L. Bartoszek, L. Calabretta, A. Calanna, D. Campo, J. M. Conrad, Z. Djurcic, Y. Kamyshkov, M. H. Shaevitz, I. Shimizu, T. Smidt, J. Spitz, M. Wascko, L. A. Winslow, and J. J. Yang
Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 141802 – Published 4 October 2012
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Abstract

This paper introduces an experimental probe of the sterile neutrino with a novel, high-intensity source of electron antineutrinos from the production and subsequent decay of Li8. When paired with an existing 1 kton scintillator-based detector, this Eν=6.4 MeV source opens a wide range of possible searches for beyond standard model physics via studies of the inverse beta decay interaction ν¯e+pe++n. In particular, the experimental design described here has unprecedented sensitivity to ν¯e disappearance at Δm21eV2 and features the ability to distinguish between the existence of zero, one, and two sterile neutrinos.

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  • Received 24 May 2012

DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.141802

© 2012 American Physical Society

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In Search of Sterile Neutrinos

Published 4 October 2012

A proposed experiment could, over several years of operation, test the suspicion that the three known flavors of neutrinos sometimes transform into other, undetectable types.

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A. Bungau1, A. Adelmann2, J. R. Alonso3, W. Barletta3, R. Barlow1, L. Bartoszek4, L. Calabretta5, A. Calanna3, D. Campo3, J. M. Conrad3, Z. Djurcic6, Y. Kamyshkov7, M. H. Shaevitz8, I. Shimizu9, T. Smidt3, J. Spitz3, M. Wascko10, L. A. Winslow3, and J. J. Yang2,3

  • 1University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield HD1 3DH, United Kingdom
  • 2Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen CH-5232, Switzerland
  • 3Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
  • 4Bartoszek Engineering, Aurora, Illinois 60506, USA
  • 5Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, I-95123, Italy
  • 6Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439, USA
  • 7University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996, USA
  • 8Columbia University, New York, New York 10027, USA
  • 9Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8578, Japan
  • 10Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom

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Vol. 109, Iss. 14 — 5 October 2012

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