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Title: Search for Sterile Neutrinos with MINOS and MINOS+

Abstract

MINOS+, a three year extension of the successful MINOS experiment, is a long-baseline neutrino experiment consisting of a beam originating at the NuMI beam facility, which is sampled 1 km downstream from in the 1 kt Near Detector at Fermilab, and again at 735 km downstream in the 5.4 kt Far Detector in the Soudan Underground Laboratory. Comparison of measurements taken at the Near and Far Detectors allows MINOS+ to probe with great precision the atmospheric domain of neutrino oscillations. Through observation of both neutral-current and charged-current weak interactions, MINOS+ is sensitive to both the muon neutrino survival and muon neutrino disappearance along its long baseline, which not only permits the high-precision measurement of m2 32 and 23 in the standard three- avor neutrino oscillations model but also allows for searches for anomalous oscillation behaviors. Here we show that observation of the anomalous disappearance of muon neutrinos can be interpreted in the context of oscillations in a phenomenological model containing three active neutrino avor eigenstates and one sterile neutrino eigenstate. MINOS+, a three year extension of the successful MINOS experiment, is a long-baseline neutrino experiment consisting of a beam originating at the NuMI beam facility, which is sampled 1 kmmore » downstream from in the 1 kt Near Detector at Fermilab, and again at 735 km downstream in the 5.4 kt Far Detector in the Soudan Underground Laboratory. Comparison of measurements taken at the Near and Far Detectors allows MINOS+ to probe with great precision the atmospheric domain of neutrino oscillations. Through observation of both neutral-current and charged-current weak interactions, MINOS+ is sensitive to both the muon neutrino survival and muon neutrino disappearance along its long baseline, which not only permits the high-precision measurement of m2 32 and 23 in the standard three- avor neutrino oscillations model but also allows for searches for anomalous oscillation behaviors. Here we show that observation of the anomalous disappearance of muon neutrinos can be interpreted in the context of oscillations in a phenomenological model containing three active neutrino avor eigenstates and one sterile neutrino eigenstate.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Cincinnati U.
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
OSTI Identifier:
1484184
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-THESIS-2018-19
1703878
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-07CH11359
Resource Type:
Thesis/Dissertation
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS

Citation Formats

Todd, Jacob Ryan. Search for Sterile Neutrinos with MINOS and MINOS+. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1484184.
Todd, Jacob Ryan. Search for Sterile Neutrinos with MINOS and MINOS+. United States. doi:10.2172/1484184.
Todd, Jacob Ryan. Mon . "Search for Sterile Neutrinos with MINOS and MINOS+". United States. doi:10.2172/1484184. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1484184.
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title = {Search for Sterile Neutrinos with MINOS and MINOS+},
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abstractNote = {MINOS+, a three year extension of the successful MINOS experiment, is a long-baseline neutrino experiment consisting of a beam originating at the NuMI beam facility, which is sampled 1 km downstream from in the 1 kt Near Detector at Fermilab, and again at 735 km downstream in the 5.4 kt Far Detector in the Soudan Underground Laboratory. Comparison of measurements taken at the Near and Far Detectors allows MINOS+ to probe with great precision the atmospheric domain of neutrino oscillations. Through observation of both neutral-current and charged-current weak interactions, MINOS+ is sensitive to both the muon neutrino survival and muon neutrino disappearance along its long baseline, which not only permits the high-precision measurement of m2 32 and 23 in the standard three- avor neutrino oscillations model but also allows for searches for anomalous oscillation behaviors. Here we show that observation of the anomalous disappearance of muon neutrinos can be interpreted in the context of oscillations in a phenomenological model containing three active neutrino avor eigenstates and one sterile neutrino eigenstate. MINOS+, a three year extension of the successful MINOS experiment, is a long-baseline neutrino experiment consisting of a beam originating at the NuMI beam facility, which is sampled 1 km downstream from in the 1 kt Near Detector at Fermilab, and again at 735 km downstream in the 5.4 kt Far Detector in the Soudan Underground Laboratory. Comparison of measurements taken at the Near and Far Detectors allows MINOS+ to probe with great precision the atmospheric domain of neutrino oscillations. Through observation of both neutral-current and charged-current weak interactions, MINOS+ is sensitive to both the muon neutrino survival and muon neutrino disappearance along its long baseline, which not only permits the high-precision measurement of m2 32 and 23 in the standard three- avor neutrino oscillations model but also allows for searches for anomalous oscillation behaviors. Here we show that observation of the anomalous disappearance of muon neutrinos can be interpreted in the context of oscillations in a phenomenological model containing three active neutrino avor eigenstates and one sterile neutrino eigenstate.},
doi = {10.2172/1484184},
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volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
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