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Title: Measuring the mass of a sterile neutrino with a very short baseline reactor experiment

Abstract

An analysis of the world's neutrino oscillation data, including sterile neutrinos, [M. Sorel, C. M. Conrad, and M. H. Shaevitz, Phys. Rev. D 70, 073004 (2004)] found a peak in the allowed region at a mass-squared difference {delta}m{sup 2} congruent with 0.9 eV{sup 2}. We trace its origin to harmonic oscillations in the electron survival probability P{sub ee} as a function of L/E, the ratio of baseline to neutrino energy, as measured in the near detector of the Bugey experiment. We find a second occurrence for {delta}m{sup 2} congruent with 1.9 eV{sup 2}. We point out that the phenomenon of harmonic oscillations of P{sub ee} as a function of L/E, as seen in the Bugey experiment, can be used to measure the mass-squared difference associated with a sterile neutrino in the range from a fraction of an eV{sup 2} to several eV{sup 2} (compatible with that indicated by the LSND experiment), as well as measure the amount of electron-sterile neutrino mixing. We observe that the experiment is independent, to lowest order, of the size of the reactor and suggest the possibility of a small reactor with a detector sitting at a very short baseline.

Authors:
 [1]; ;  [2]
  1. School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee 37087 (United States)
  2. Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37235 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20995190
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review. C, Nuclear Physics; Journal Volume: 75; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.75.042501; (c) 2007 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; ELECTRONS; MASS; MIXING; NEUTRINO OSCILLATION; NEUTRINOS; OSCILLATIONS; PEAKS; PROBABILITY

Citation Formats

Latimer, D. C., Escamilla, J., and Ernst, D. J. Measuring the mass of a sterile neutrino with a very short baseline reactor experiment. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVC.75.042501.
Latimer, D. C., Escamilla, J., & Ernst, D. J. Measuring the mass of a sterile neutrino with a very short baseline reactor experiment. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVC.75.042501.
Latimer, D. C., Escamilla, J., and Ernst, D. J. Sun . "Measuring the mass of a sterile neutrino with a very short baseline reactor experiment". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVC.75.042501.
@article{osti_20995190,
title = {Measuring the mass of a sterile neutrino with a very short baseline reactor experiment},
author = {Latimer, D. C. and Escamilla, J. and Ernst, D. J.},
abstractNote = {An analysis of the world's neutrino oscillation data, including sterile neutrinos, [M. Sorel, C. M. Conrad, and M. H. Shaevitz, Phys. Rev. D 70, 073004 (2004)] found a peak in the allowed region at a mass-squared difference {delta}m{sup 2} congruent with 0.9 eV{sup 2}. We trace its origin to harmonic oscillations in the electron survival probability P{sub ee} as a function of L/E, the ratio of baseline to neutrino energy, as measured in the near detector of the Bugey experiment. We find a second occurrence for {delta}m{sup 2} congruent with 1.9 eV{sup 2}. We point out that the phenomenon of harmonic oscillations of P{sub ee} as a function of L/E, as seen in the Bugey experiment, can be used to measure the mass-squared difference associated with a sterile neutrino in the range from a fraction of an eV{sup 2} to several eV{sup 2} (compatible with that indicated by the LSND experiment), as well as measure the amount of electron-sterile neutrino mixing. We observe that the experiment is independent, to lowest order, of the size of the reactor and suggest the possibility of a small reactor with a detector sitting at a very short baseline.},
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVC.75.042501},
journal = {Physical Review. C, Nuclear Physics},
number = 4,
volume = 75,
place = {United States},
year = {Sun Apr 15 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Sun Apr 15 00:00:00 EDT 2007}
}