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Title: Future atmospheric neutrino measurements with PINGU

Neutrino oscillations, first measured in 1998 via atmospheric neutrinos, have provided the only current direct evidence for physics beyond the Standard Model of Elementary Particles. The full neutrino mixing, described by six parameters, has been measured in the last decade with the exception of the charge-parity phase and the ordering of the mass eigenstates (the neutrino mass hierarchy – NMH). A relatively large mixing-angle between the first and third mass eigenstates has opened the possibility of measuring the mass hierarchy via atmospheric neutrinos using very large volume detectors. A leading proposal to perform this measurement is the future low-energy extension to the IceCube–DeepCore detector, called PINGU (the Precision IceCube Next Generation Upgrade). By increasing the photocathode density in the DeepCore region, it is possible to lower the energy threshold in the fiducial volume to the region that is affected by the MSW [1, 2], and thus permits extraction of the hierarchy. Here we discuss the design of the PINGU detector, its sensitivity to the mass hierarchy (approximately 3σ in 3.5 years) and measurements of ν{sub μ} disappearance and ν{sub τ} appearance.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB (Canada)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22490650
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1666; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: Neutrino 2014: 26. international conference on neutrino physics and astrophysics, Boston, MA (United States), 2-7 Jun 2014; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; APPROXIMATIONS; DESIGN; DIRECT CURRENT; EIGENSTATES; MULTIPARTICLE SPECTROMETERS; NEUTRINO OSCILLATION; NEUTRINOS; PARITY; PARTICLE IDENTIFICATION; PHOTOCATHODES; PROPOSALS; REST MASS; SENSITIVITY; STANDARD MODEL