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Title: Search for sterile neutrinos mixing with muon neutrinos in MINOS

Abstract

Here, we report results of a search for oscillations involving a light sterile neutrino over distances of 1.04 and 735 km in a νμ-dominated beam with a peak energy of 3 GeV. The data, from an exposure of 10.56 × 1020 protons on target, are analyzed using a phenomenological model with one sterile neutrino. We constrain the mixing parameters θ24 and Δm412 and set limits on parameters of the four-dimensional Pontecorvo-Maki-Nakagawa-Sakata matrix, |Uμ4|2 and |Uτ4|2, under the assumption that mixing between νe and νs is negligible (|Ue4|2=0). No evidence for νμ → νs transitions is found and we set a world-leading limit on θ24 for values of Δm412 ≲ 1 eV2.

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Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Contributing Org.:
MINOS Collaboration
OSTI Identifier:
1334269
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1328236; OSTI ID: 1338602
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB-16-233-ND; arXiv:1607.01176; BNL-113267-2016-JA
Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007; PRLTAO; 1473825
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-07CH11359; SC00112704
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 117; Journal Issue: 15; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; search; oscillations

Citation Formats

Adamson, P., Anghel, I., Aurisano, A., Barr, G., Bishai, M., Blake, A., Bock, G. J., Bogert, D., Cao, S. V., Carroll, T. J., Castromonte, C. M., Chen, R., Childress, S., Coelho, J. A. B., Corwin, L., Cronin-Hennessy, D., de Jong, J. K., De Rijck, S., Devan, A. V., Devenish, N. E., Diwan, M. V., Escobar, C. O., Evans, J. J., Falk, E., Feldman, G. J., Flanagan, W., Frohne, M. V., Gabrielyan, M., Gallagher, H. R., Germani, S., Gomes, R. A., Goodman, M. C., Gouffon, P., Graf, N., Gran, R., Grzelak, K., Habig, A., Hahn, S. R., Hartnell, J., Hatcher, R., Holin, A., Huang, J., Hylen, J., Irwin, G. M., Isvan, Z., James, C., Jensen, D., Kafka, T., Kasahara, S. M. S., Koizumi, G., Kordosky, M., Kreymer, A., Lang, K., Ling, J., Litchfield, P. J., Lucas, P., Mann, W. A., Marshak, M. L., Mayer, N., McGivern, C., Medeiros, M. M., Mehdiyev, R., Meier, J. R., Messier, M. D., Miller, W. H., Mishra, S. R., Moed Sher, S., Moore, C. D., Mualem, L., Musser, J., Naples, D., Nelson, J. K., Newman, H. B., Nichol, R. J., Nowak, J. A., O’Connor, J., Orchanian, M., Pahlka, R. B., Paley, J., Patterson, R. B., Pawloski, G., Perch, A., Pfützner, M. M., Phan, D. D., Phan-Budd, S., Plunkett, R. K., Poonthottathil, N., Qiu, X., Radovic, A., Rebel, B., Rosenfeld, C., Rubin, H. A., Sail, P., Sanchez, M. C., Schneps, J., Schreckenberger, A., Schreiner, P., Sharma, R., Sousa, A., Tagg, N., Talaga, R. L., Thomas, J., Thomson, M. A., Tian, X., Timmons, A., Todd, J., Tognini, S. C., Toner, R., Torretta, D., Tzanakos, G., Urheim, J., Vahle, P., Viren, B., Weber, A., Webb, R. C., White, C., Whitehead, L., Whitehead, L. H., Wojcicki, S. G., and Zwaska, R. Search for sterile neutrinos mixing with muon neutrinos in MINOS. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.151803.
Adamson, P., Anghel, I., Aurisano, A., Barr, G., Bishai, M., Blake, A., Bock, G. J., Bogert, D., Cao, S. V., Carroll, T. J., Castromonte, C. M., Chen, R., Childress, S., Coelho, J. A. B., Corwin, L., Cronin-Hennessy, D., de Jong, J. K., De Rijck, S., Devan, A. V., Devenish, N. E., Diwan, M. V., Escobar, C. O., Evans, J. J., Falk, E., Feldman, G. J., Flanagan, W., Frohne, M. V., Gabrielyan, M., Gallagher, H. R., Germani, S., Gomes, R. A., Goodman, M. C., Gouffon, P., Graf, N., Gran, R., Grzelak, K., Habig, A., Hahn, S. R., Hartnell, J., Hatcher, R., Holin, A., Huang, J., Hylen, J., Irwin, G. M., Isvan, Z., James, C., Jensen, D., Kafka, T., Kasahara, S. M. S., Koizumi, G., Kordosky, M., Kreymer, A., Lang, K., Ling, J., Litchfield, P. J., Lucas, P., Mann, W. A., Marshak, M. L., Mayer, N., McGivern, C., Medeiros, M. M., Mehdiyev, R., Meier, J. R., Messier, M. D., Miller, W. H., Mishra, S. R., Moed Sher, S., Moore, C. D., Mualem, L., Musser, J., Naples, D., Nelson, J. K., Newman, H. B., Nichol, R. J., Nowak, J. A., O’Connor, J., Orchanian, M., Pahlka, R. B., Paley, J., Patterson, R. B., Pawloski, G., Perch, A., Pfützner, M. M., Phan, D. D., Phan-Budd, S., Plunkett, R. K., Poonthottathil, N., Qiu, X., Radovic, A., Rebel, B., Rosenfeld, C., Rubin, H. A., Sail, P., Sanchez, M. C., Schneps, J., Schreckenberger, A., Schreiner, P., Sharma, R., Sousa, A., Tagg, N., Talaga, R. L., Thomas, J., Thomson, M. A., Tian, X., Timmons, A., Todd, J., Tognini, S. C., Toner, R., Torretta, D., Tzanakos, G., Urheim, J., Vahle, P., Viren, B., Weber, A., Webb, R. C., White, C., Whitehead, L., Whitehead, L. H., Wojcicki, S. G., & Zwaska, R. Search for sterile neutrinos mixing with muon neutrinos in MINOS. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.151803.
Adamson, P., Anghel, I., Aurisano, A., Barr, G., Bishai, M., Blake, A., Bock, G. J., Bogert, D., Cao, S. V., Carroll, T. J., Castromonte, C. M., Chen, R., Childress, S., Coelho, J. A. B., Corwin, L., Cronin-Hennessy, D., de Jong, J. K., De Rijck, S., Devan, A. V., Devenish, N. E., Diwan, M. V., Escobar, C. O., Evans, J. J., Falk, E., Feldman, G. J., Flanagan, W., Frohne, M. V., Gabrielyan, M., Gallagher, H. R., Germani, S., Gomes, R. A., Goodman, M. C., Gouffon, P., Graf, N., Gran, R., Grzelak, K., Habig, A., Hahn, S. R., Hartnell, J., Hatcher, R., Holin, A., Huang, J., Hylen, J., Irwin, G. M., Isvan, Z., James, C., Jensen, D., Kafka, T., Kasahara, S. M. S., Koizumi, G., Kordosky, M., Kreymer, A., Lang, K., Ling, J., Litchfield, P. J., Lucas, P., Mann, W. A., Marshak, M. L., Mayer, N., McGivern, C., Medeiros, M. M., Mehdiyev, R., Meier, J. R., Messier, M. D., Miller, W. H., Mishra, S. R., Moed Sher, S., Moore, C. D., Mualem, L., Musser, J., Naples, D., Nelson, J. K., Newman, H. B., Nichol, R. J., Nowak, J. A., O’Connor, J., Orchanian, M., Pahlka, R. B., Paley, J., Patterson, R. B., Pawloski, G., Perch, A., Pfützner, M. M., Phan, D. D., Phan-Budd, S., Plunkett, R. K., Poonthottathil, N., Qiu, X., Radovic, A., Rebel, B., Rosenfeld, C., Rubin, H. A., Sail, P., Sanchez, M. C., Schneps, J., Schreckenberger, A., Schreiner, P., Sharma, R., Sousa, A., Tagg, N., Talaga, R. L., Thomas, J., Thomson, M. A., Tian, X., Timmons, A., Todd, J., Tognini, S. C., Toner, R., Torretta, D., Tzanakos, G., Urheim, J., Vahle, P., Viren, B., Weber, A., Webb, R. C., White, C., Whitehead, L., Whitehead, L. H., Wojcicki, S. G., and Zwaska, R. Fri . "Search for sterile neutrinos mixing with muon neutrinos in MINOS". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.151803. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1334269.
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title = {Search for sterile neutrinos mixing with muon neutrinos in MINOS},
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abstractNote = {Here, we report results of a search for oscillations involving a light sterile neutrino over distances of 1.04 and 735 km in a νμ-dominated beam with a peak energy of 3 GeV. The data, from an exposure of 10.56 × 1020 protons on target, are analyzed using a phenomenological model with one sterile neutrino. We constrain the mixing parameters θ24 and Δm412 and set limits on parameters of the four-dimensional Pontecorvo-Maki-Nakagawa-Sakata matrix, |Uμ4|2 and |Uτ4|2, under the assumption that mixing between νe and νs is negligible (|Ue4|2=0). No evidence for νμ → νs transitions is found and we set a world-leading limit on θ24 for values of Δm412 ≲ 1 eV2.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.151803},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = 15,
volume = 117,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {10}
}

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