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Improved Constraints on Sterile Neutrino Mixing from Disappearance Searches in the MINOS, MINOS+, Daya Bay, and Bugey-3 Experiments

Adamson, P.
An, F. P.
Anghel, I.
Aurisano, A.
Balantekin, A. B.
Band, H. R.
Barr, G.
Bishai, M.
Blake, A.
Blyth, S.
Cao, G. F.
Cao, J.
Cao, S. V.
Carroll, T. J.
Castromonte, C. M.
Chang, J. F.
Chang, Y.
Chen, H. S.
Chen, R.
Chen, S. M.
Chen, Y.
Chen, Y. X.
Cheng, J.
Cheng, Z. K.
Cherwinka, J. J.
Childress, S.
Chu, M. C.
Chukanov, A.
Coelho, J. A. B.
Cummings, J. P.
Dash, N.
De Rijck, S.
Deng, F. S.
Ding, Y. Y.
Diwan, M. V.
Dohnal, T.
Dolzhikov, D.
Dove, J.
Dvořák, M.
Dwyer, D. A.
Evans, J. J.
Feldman, G. J.
Flanagan, W.
Gabrielyan, M.
Gallo, J. P.
Germani, S.
Gomes, R. A.
Gonchar, M.
Gong, G. H.
Gong, H.
Gouffon, P.
Graf, N.
Grzelak, K.
Gu, W. Q.
Guo, J. Y.
Guo, L.
Guo, X. H.
Guo, Y. H.
Guo, Z.
Habig, A.
Hackenburg, R. W.
Hahn, S. R.
Hans, S.
Hartnell, J.
Hatcher, R.
He, M.
Heeger, K. M.
Heng, Y. K.
Higuera, A.
Holin, A.
Hor, Y. K.
Hsiung, Y. B.
Hu, B. Z.
Hu, J. R.
Hu, T.
Hu, Z. J.
Huang, H. X.
Huang, J.
Huang, X. T.
Huang, Y. B.
Huber, P.
Jaffe, D. E.
Jen, K. L.
Ji, X. L.
Ji, X. P.
Johnson, R. A.
Jones, D.
Kang, L.
Kettell, S. H.
Koerner, L. W.
Kohn, S.
Kordosky, M.
Kramer, M.
Kreymer, A.
Lang, K.
Langford, T. J.
Lee, J.
Lee, J. H. C.
Lei, R. T.
Leitner, R.
Leung, J. K. C.
Li, F.
Li, H. L.
Li, J. J.
Li, Q. J.
Li, S.
Li, S. C.
Li, S. J.
Li, W. D.
Li, X. N.
Li, X. Q.
Li, Y. F.
Li, Z. B.
Liang, H.
Lin, C. J.
Lin, G. L.
Lin, S.
Ling, J. J.
Link, J. M.
Littenberg, L.
Littlejohn, B. R.
Liu, J. C.
Liu, J. L.
Liu, Y.
Liu, Y. H.
Lu, C.
Lu, H. Q.
Lu, J. S.
Lucas, P.
Luk, K. B.
Ma, X. B.
Ma, X. Y.
Ma, Y. Q.
Mann, W. A.
Marshak, M. L.
Marshall, C.
Martinez Caicedo, D. A.
Mayer, N.
McDonald, K. T.
McKeown, R. D.
Mehdiyev, R.
Meier, J. R.
Meng, Y.
Miller, W. H.
Mills, G.
Mora Lepin, L.
Naples, D.
Napolitano, J.
Naumov, D.
Naumova, E.
Nelson, J. K.
Nichol, R. J.
O'Connor, J.
Ochoa-Ricoux, J. P.
Olshevskiy, A.
Pahlka, R. B.
Pan, H.-R.
Park, J.
Patton, S.
Pavlović, Ž.
Pawloski, G.
Peng, J. C.
Perch, A.
Pfützner, M. M.
Phan, D. D.
Plunkett, R. K.
Poonthottathil, N.
Pun, C. S. J.
Qi, F. Z.
Qi, M.
Qian, X.
Qiu, X.
Radovic, A.
Raper, N.
Ren, J.
Reveco, C. Morales
Rosero, R.
Roskovec, B.
Ruan, X. C.
Sail, P.
Sanchez, M. C.
Schneps, J.
Schreckenberger, A.
Shaheed, N.
Sharma, R.
Sousa, A.
Steiner, H.
Sun, J. L.
Tagg, N.
Thomas, J.
Thomson, M. A.
Timmons, A.
Tmej, T.
Todd, J.
Tognini, S. C.
Toner, R.
Torretta, D.
Treskov, K.
Tse, W.-H.
Tull, C. E.
Vahle, P.
Viren, B.
Vorobel, V.
Wang, C. H.
Wang, J.
Wang, M.
Wang, N. Y.
Wang, R. G.
Wang, W.
Wang, W.
Wang, X.
Wang, Y.
Wang, Y. F.
Wang, Z.
Wang, Z.
Wang, Z. M.
Weber, A.
Wei, H. Y.
Wei, L. H.
Wen, L. J.
Whisnant, K.
White, C.
Whitehead, L. H.
Wojcicki, S. G.
Wong, H. L. H.
Wong, S. C. F.
Worcester, E.
Wu, D. R.
Wu, F. L.
Wu, Q.
Wu, W. J.
Xia, D. M.
Xie, Z. Q.
Xing, Z. Z.
Xu, J. L.
Xu, T.
Xue, T.
Yang, C. G.
Yang, L.
Yang, Y. Z.
Yao, H. F.
Ye, M.
Yeh, M.
Young, B. L.
Yu, H. Z.
Yu, Z. Y.
Yue, B. B.
Zeng, S.
Zeng, Y.
Zhan, L.
Zhang, C.
Zhang, F. Y.
Zhang, H. H.
Zhang, J. W.
Zhang, Q. M.
Zhang, X. T.
Zhang, Y. M.
Zhang, Y. X.
Zhang, Y. Y.
Zhang, Z. J.
Zhang, Z. P.
Zhang, Z. Y.
Zhao, J.
Zhou, L.
Zhuang, H. L.
Daya Bay Collaboration
MINOS+ Collaboration


Searches for electron antineutrino, muon neutrino, and muon antineutrino disappearance driven by sterile neutrino mixing have been carried out by the Daya Bay and MINOS+ collaborations. This Letter presents the combined results of these searches, along with exclusion results from the Bugey-3 reactor experiment, framed in a minimally extended four-neutrino scenario. Significantly improved constraints on the θ_(μe) mixing angle are derived that constitute the most constraining limits to date over five orders of magnitude in the mass-squared splitting Δm²₄₁, excluding the 90% C.L. sterile-neutrino parameter space allowed by the LSND and MiniBooNE observations at 90% CL_s for Δm²₄₁ < 13  eV². Furthermore, the LSND and MiniBooNE 99% C.L. allowed regions are excluded at 99% CL_s for Δm²₄₁ < 1.6 eV².

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© 2020 Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article's title, journal citation, and DOI. Funded by SCOAP3. Received 4 February 2020; revised 13 June 2020; accepted 15 June 2020; published 10 August 2020. The MINOS and MINOS+ Collaborations use the resources of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), a U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, HEP User Facility. Fermilab is managed by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC (FRA), acting under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11359. This work was supported by the U.S. DOE; the United Kingdom STFC, part of UKRI; the U.S. NSF; the State and University of Minnesota; and Brazil's FAPESP, CNPq and CAPES. We thank the personnel of Fermilab's Accelerator and Scientific Computing Divisions and the crew of the Soudan Underground Laboratory for their effort and dedication. We thank the Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin for the provision of computing resources. The MINOS and MINOS+ Collaborations acknowledge fruitful cooperation with the Minnesota DNR.

Attached Files

Submitted - 2002.00301.pdf

Published - PhysRevLett.125.071801.pdf

Supplemental Material - dyb_bgy_cls_map_histogram.root

Supplemental Material - dyb_bgy_cls_map_table.txt

Supplemental Material - dyb_bgy_minos_minosplus_cls_map_histogram.root

Supplemental Material - dyb_bgy_minos_minosplus_cls_map_table.txt

Supplemental Material - minos_minosplus_cls_map_histogram.root

Supplemental Material - minos_minosplus_cls_map_table.txt


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