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, J. J. Yang

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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 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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number141802
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume109
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct 4

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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