Search for exotic neutrino-electron interactions using solar neutrinos in XMASS-I

K. Abe, Y. Chen, K. Hiraide, K. Ichimura, S. Imaizumi, N. Kato, K. Kobayashi, M. Kobayashi, S. Moriyama, M. Nakahata, K. Sato, H. Sekiya, T. Suzuki, A. Takeda, S. Tasaka, M. Yamashita, B. S. Yang, N. Y. Kim, Y. D. Kim, Y. H. KimR. Ishii, Y. Itow, K. Kanzawa, K. Martens, A. Mason, Y. Suzuki, K. Miuchi, Y. Takeuchi, K. B. Lee, M. K. Lee, Y. Fukuda, H. Ogawa, Y. Kishimoto, K. Nishijima, K. Fushimi, B. D. Xu, S. Nakamura

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Abstract

We have searched for exotic neutrino-electron interactions that could be produced by a neutrino millicharge, by a neutrino magnetic moment, or by dark photons using solar neutrinos in the XMASS-I liquid xenon detector. We observed no significant signals in 711 days of data. We obtain an upper limit for neutrino millicharge of 5.4×10−12e at 90% confidence level assuming all three species of neutrino have common millicharge. We also set flavor-dependent limits assuming the respective neutrino flavor is the only one carrying a millicharge, 7.3×10−12e for νe, 1.1×10−11e for νμ, and 1.1×10−11e for ντ. These limits are the most stringent yet obtained from direct measurements. We also obtain an upper limit for the neutrino magnetic moment of 1.8×10−10 Bohr magnetons. In addition, we obtain upper limits for the coupling constant of dark photons in the U(1)B−L model of 1.3×10−6 if the dark photon mass is 1×10−3 MeV/c2, and 8.8×10−5 if it is 10 MeV/c2.

Original languageEnglish
Article number135741
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume809
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Oct 10
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dark photon
  • Liquid xenon
  • Low background
  • Magnetic moment
  • Millicharge
  • Neutrino

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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