Physics prospects of the Jinping neutrino experiment

John F. Beacom, Shaomin Chen, Jianping Cheng, Sayed N. Doustimotlagh, Yuanning Gao, Guanghua Gong, Hui Gong, Lei Guo, Ran Han, Hong Jian He, Xingtao Huang, Jianmin Li, Jin Li, Mohan Li, Xueqian Li, Wei Liao, Guey Lin Lin, Zuowei Liu, William McDonough, Ondřej ŠrámekJian Tang, Linyan Wan, Yuanqing Wang, Zhe Wang, Zongyi Wang, Hanyu Wei, Yufei Xi, Ye Xu, Xun Jie Xu, Zhenwei Yang, Chunfa Yao, Minfang Yeh, Qian Yue, Liming Zhang, Yang Zhang, Zhihong Zhao, Yangheng Zheng, Xiang Zhou, Xianglei Zhu, Kai Zuber

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Abstract

The China Jinping Underground Laboratory (CJPL), which has the lowest cosmic-ray muon flux and the lowest reactor neutrino flux of any laboratory, is ideal to carry out low-energy neutrino experiments. With two detectors and a total fiducial mass of 2000 tons for solar neutrino physics (equivalently, 3000 tons for geo-neutrino and supernova neutrino physics), the Jinping neutrino experiment will have the potential to identify the neutrinos from the CNO fusion cycles of the Sun, to cover the transition phase for the solar neutrino oscillation from vacuum to matter mixing, and to measure the geo-neutrino flux, including the Th/U ratio. These goals can be fulfilled with mature existing techniques. Efforts on increasing the target mass with multi-modular neutrino detectors and on developing the slow liquid scintillator will increase the Jinping discovery potential in the study of solar neutrinos, geo-neutrinos, supernova neutrinos, and dark matter.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023002
JournalChinese Physics C
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Feb

Keywords

  • CJPL
  • Jinping neutrino experiment
  • geo-neutrino
  • solar neutrino
  • supernova neutrino

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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