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Measurement of neutrino oscillations with the MINOS detectors in the NuMI beam

Adamson, P. and Andreopoulos, C. and Arms, K. E. and Armstrong, R. and Auty, D. J. and Ayres, D. S. and Baller, B. and Barnes, P. D., Jr. and Barr, G. and Barrett, W. L. and Becker, B. R. and Belias, A. and Bernstein, R. H. and Bhattacharya, D. and Bishai, M. and Blake, A. and Bock, G. J. and Boehm, J. and Boehnlein, D. J. and Bogert, D. and Bower, C. and Buckley-Geer, E. and Cavanaugh, S. and Chapman, J. D. and Cherdack, D. and Childress, S. and Choudhary, B. C. and Cobb, J. H. and Coleman, S. J. and Culling, A. J. and de Jong, J. K. and Dierckxsens, M. and Diwan, M. V. and Dorman, M. and Dytman, S. A. and Escobar, C. O. and Evans, J. J. and Harris, E. Falk and Feldman, G. J. and Frohne, M. V. and Gallagher, H. R. and Godley, A. and Goodman, M. C. and Gouffon, P. and Gran, R. and Grashorn, E. W. and Grossman, N. and Grzelak, K. and Habig, A. and Harris, D. and Harris, P. G. and Hartnell, J. and Hatcher, R. and Heller, K. and Himmel, A. and Holin, A. and Hylen, J. and Irwin, G. M. and Ishitsuka, M. and Jaffe, D. E. and James, C. and Jensen, D. and Kafka, T. and Kasahara, S. M. S. and Kim, J. J. and Kim, M. S. and Koizumi, G. and Kopp, S. and Kordosky, M. and Koskinen, D. J. and Kotelnikov, S. K. and Kreymer, A. and Kumaratunga, S. and Lang, K. and Ling, J. and Litchfield, P. J. and Litchfield, R. P. and Loiacono, L. and Lucas, P. and Ma, J. and Mann, W. A. and Marchionni, A. and Marshak, M. L. and Marshall, J. S. and Mayer, N. and McGowan, A. M. and Meier, J. R. and Merzon, G. I. and Messier, M. D. and Metelko, C. J. and Michael, D. G. and Miller, J. L. and Miller, W. H. and Mishra, S. R. and Moore, C. D. and Morfín, J. and Mualem, L. and Mufson, S. and Murgia, S. and Musser, J. and Naples, D. and Nelson, J. K. and Newman, H. B. and Nichol, R. J. and Nicholls, T. C. and Ochoa-Ricoux, J. P. and Oliver, W. P. and Ospanov, R. and Paley, J. and Paolone, V. and Para, A. and Patzak, T. and Pavlović, Z. and Pawloski, G. and Pearce, G. F. and Peck, C. W. and Peterson, E. A. and Petyt, D. A. and Pittam, R. and Plunkett, R. K. and Rahaman, A. and Rameika, R. A. and Raufer, T. M. and Rebel, B. and Reichenbacher, J. and Rodrigues, P. A. and Rosenfeld, C. and Rubin, H. A. and Ruddick, K. and Ryabov, V. A. and Sanchez, M. C. and Saoulidou, N. and Schneps, J. and Schreiner, P. and Seun, S.-M. and Shanahan, P. and Smart, W. and Smith, C. and Sousa, A. and Speakman, B. and Stamoulis, P. and Strait, M. and Symes, P. and Tagg, N. and Talaga, R. L. and Tavera, M. A. and Thomas, J. and Thompson, J. and Thomson, M. A. and Thron, J. L. and Tinti, G. and Trostin, I. and Tsarev, V. A. and Tzanakos, G. and Urheim, J. and Vahle, P. and Viren, B. and Ward, C. P. and Ward, D. R. and Watabe, M. and Weber, A. and Webb, C. and Wehmann, A. and West, N. and White, C. and Wojcicki, S. G. and Wright, D. M. and Yang, T. and Zois, M. and Zhang, K. and Zwaska, R. (2008) Measurement of neutrino oscillations with the MINOS detectors in the NuMI beam. Physical Review Letters, 101 (13). Art. No. 131802. ISSN 0031-9007. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.131802.

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This Letter reports new results from the MINOS experiment based on a two-year exposure to muon neutrinos from the Fermilab NuMI beam. Our data are consistent with quantum-mechanical oscillations of neutrino flavor with mass splitting |Δm^2|=(2.43±0.13)×10^-3 eV^2 (68% C.L.) and mixing angle sin^2(2θ)>0.90 (90% C.L.). Our data disfavor two alternative explanations for the disappearance of neutrinos in flight: namely, neutrino decays into lighter particles and quantum decoherence of neutrinos, at the 3.7 and 5.7 standard-deviation levels, respectively.

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Additional Information:© 2008 The American Physical Society. Received 13 June 2008; published 26 September 2008. This work was supported by the U.S. DOE, the U.K. STFC, the U.S. NSF, the State and University of Minnesota, the University of Athens, Greece, and Brazil’s FAPESP and CNPq. We are grateful to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the crew of the Soudan Underground Laboratory, and the staff of Fermilab for their contribution to this effort.
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State and University of MinnesotaUNSPECIFIED
University of Athens, GreeceUNSPECIFIED
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Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) (Brazil)UNSPECIFIED
Issue or Number:13
Classification Code:PACS numbers: 14.60.Lm, 14.60.Pq, 29.27.-a, 29.30.-h
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