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Search for a Light Sterile Neutrino at Daya Bay

An, F. P. and McKeown, R. D. and Tsang, R. H. M. (2014) Search for a Light Sterile Neutrino at Daya Bay. Physical Review Letters, 113 (14). Art. No. 141802. ISSN 0031-9007. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20141205-151429088

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Abstract

A search for light sterile neutrino mixing was performed with the first 217 days of data from the Daya Bay Reactor Antineutrino Experiment. The experiment’s unique configuration of multiple baselines from six 2.9 GW_(th) nuclear reactors to six antineutrino detectors deployed in two near (effective baselines 512 m and 561 m) and one far (1579 m) underground experimental halls makes it possible to test for oscillations to a fourth (sterile) neutrino in the 10^(−3) eV^2 < |Δm^2_(41) | < 0.3 eV^2 range. The relative spectral distortion due to the disappearance of electron antineutrinos was found to be consistent with that of the three-flavor oscillation model. The derived limits on sin^2 2θ_(14) cover the 10^(−3) eV^2 ≲ |Δm^2_(41) | ≲ 0.1eV^2 region, which was largely unexplored.


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Additional Information:© 2014 American Physical Society. Received 28 July 2014; Published 1 October 2014. Daya Bay is supported in part by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Guangdong provincial government, the Shenzhen municipal government, the China General Nuclear Power Group, Key Laboratory of Particle and Radiation Imaging (Tsinghua University), the Ministry of Education, Key Laboratory of Particle Physics and Particle Irradiation (Shandong University), the Ministry of Education, Shanghai Laboratory for Particle Physics and Cosmology, the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, the University Development Fund of The University of Hong Kong, the MOE program for Research of Excellence at National Taiwan University, National Chiao-Tung University, and NSC fund support from Taiwan, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports of the Czech Republic, the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, the CNFC-RFBR joint research program, the National Commission of Scientific and Technological Research of Chile, and the Tsinghua University Initiative Scientific Research Program. We acknowledge Yellow River Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd., and China Railway 15th Bureau Group Co., Ltd., for building the underground laboratory. We are grateful for the ongoing cooperation from the China General Nuclear Power Group and China Light and Power Company.
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Ministry of Science and Technology UNSPECIFIED
Department of Energy (DOE)UNSPECIFIED
Chinese Academy of SciencesUNSPECIFIED
National Natural Science Foundation of ChinaUNSPECIFIED
Guangdong Provincial GovernmentUNSPECIFIED
Shenzhen Municipal GovernmentUNSPECIFIED
China General Nuclear Power GroupUNSPECIFIED
Key Laboratory of Particle & Radiation Imaging (Tsinghua University)UNSPECIFIED
Ministry of EducationUNSPECIFIED
Key Laboratory of Particle Physics and Particle Irradiation (Shandong University)UNSPECIFIED
Shanghai Laboratory for Particle Physics and CosmologyUNSPECIFIED
Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaUNSPECIFIED
University Development Fund of The University of Hong KongUNSPECIFIED
MOE program for Research of Excellence at National Taiwan UniversityUNSPECIFIED
National Chiao-Tung UniversityUNSPECIFIED
National Science Council (Taipei)UNSPECIFIED
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Alfred P. Sloan FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MEYS) of Czech RepublicUNSPECIFIED
Joint Institute of Nuclear Research in Dubna, RussiaUNSPECIFIED
CNFC-RFBRUNSPECIFIED
National Commission of Scientific and Technological Research of ChileUNSPECIFIED
Tsinghua University Initiative Scientific Research ProgramUNSPECIFIED
Classification Code:PACS: 14.60.Pq; 14.60.St; 28.50.Hw; 29.40.Mc.
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Official Citation:An, F. P., Balantekin, A. B., Band, H. R., Beriguete, W., Bishai, M., Blyth, S., . . . Zou, J. H. (2014). Search for a Light Sterile Neutrino at Daya Bay. Physical Review Letters, 113(14), 141802.
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