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 E ν=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+p→e ++n. In particular, the experimental design described here has unprecedented sensitivity to ν ̄e disappearance at Δm2∼1eV2 and features the ability to distinguish between the existence of zero, one, and two sterile neutrinos.
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