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Search for sterile neutrinos with a radioactive source at Daya Bay

Dwyer, D. A. and Heeger, K. M. and Littlejohn, B. R. and Vogel, P. (2013) Search for sterile neutrinos with a radioactive source at Daya Bay. Physical Review D, 87 (9). Art. No. 093002. ISSN 2470-0010. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20130626-151504207

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Abstract

The far site detector complex of the Daya Bay reactor experiment is proposed as a location to search for sterile neutrinos with ≥eV mass. Antineutrinos from a 500 kCi ^(144)Ce-^(144)Pr β-decay source (ΔQ=2.996  MeV) would be detected by four identical 20-ton antineutrino targets. The site layout allows flexible source placement; several specific source locations are discussed. In one year, the 3+1 sterile neutrino hypothesis can be tested at essentially the full suggested range of the parameters Δm^2_(new) and sin⁡^22θ_(new) (90% C.L.). The backgrounds from six nuclear reactors at ≥1.6  km distance are shown to be manageable. Advantages of performing the experiment at the Daya Bay far site are described.


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Vogel, P.0000-0003-0587-5466
Additional Information:© 2013 American Physical Society. Received 22 January 2013; published 2 May 2013. Funding for this work was provided in part by DOE Office of High-Energy Physics under Contract No. DE-FG02-95ER40896, by the U.S. DOE Contract No. DE-FG02-88ER40397, NSF Grant No. 0555674, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the University of Wisconsin Foundation. We thank T. Lassere and B. Balantekin for useful comments and discussions.
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Funding AgencyGrant Number
Department of Energy (DOE) Office of High Energy PhysicsDE-FG02-95ER40896
Department of Energy (DOE)DE-FG02-88ER40397
NSF0555674
Alfred P. Sloan FoundationUNSPECIFIED
University of Wisconsin FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Issue or Number:9
Classification Code:PACS: 14.60.Pq, 14.60.St
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Persistent URL:https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20130626-151504207
Official Citation:Search for sterile neutrinos with a radioactive source at Daya Bay D. A. Dwyer, K. M. Heeger, B. R. Littlejohn, and P. Vogel Published 2 May 2013 (10 pages) 093002
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Deposited By: Ruth Sustaita
Deposited On:26 Jun 2013 23:05
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