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 . When paired with an existing kton scintillator-based detector, this MeV source opens a wide range of possible searches for beyond standard model physics via studies of the inverse beta decay interaction . In particular, the experimental design described here has unprecedented sensitivity to disappearance at and features the ability to distinguish between the existence of zero, one, and two sterile neutrinos.
- Received 24 May 2012
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