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Published October 7, 2016 | Published + Submitted
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Limits on Active to Sterile Neutrino Oscillations from Disappearance Searches in the MINOS, Daya Bay, and Bugey-3 Experiments


Searches for a light sterile neutrino have been performed independently by the MINOS and the Daya Bay experiments using the muon (anti)neutrino and electron antineutrino disappearance channels, respectively. In this Letter, results from both experiments are combined with those from the Bugey-3 reactor neutrino experiment to constrain oscillations into light sterile neutrinos. The three experiments are sensitive to complementary regions of parameter space, enabling the combined analysis to probe regions allowed by the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND) and MiniBooNE experiments in a minimally extended four-neutrino flavor framework. Stringent limits on sin 2 2θ_(μe) are set over 6 orders of magnitude in the sterile mass-squared splitting Δm^2_(41). The sterile-neutrino mixing phase space allowed by the LSND and MiniBooNE experiments is excluded for Δm^2_(41) <0.8  eV^2 at 95%  CL_s.

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© 2016 American Physical Society. Received 6 July 2016; published 7 October 2016; corrected 7 October 2016. The MINOS experiment is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the United Kingdom Science and Technology Facilities Council, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the State and University of Minnesota, and Brazil's FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo), CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico), and CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior). We are grateful to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the personnel of the Soudan Laboratory and Fermilab. We thank the Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin for the provision of computing resources. The Daya Bay experiment 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 CAS Center for Excellence in Particle Physics, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Guangdong provincial government, the Shenzhen municipal government, the China General Nuclear Power Group, the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, the NSFC-RFBR joint research program, and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research of Chile. 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 Guangdong Nuclear Power Group and China Light & Power Company.

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