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Published March 8, 2019 | Published + Supplemental Material + Submitted
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Search for Sterile Neutrinos in MINOS and MINOS+ Using a Two-Detector Fit


A search for mixing between active neutrinos and light sterile neutrinos has been performed by looking for muon neutrino disappearance in two detectors at baselines of 1.04 and 735 km, using a combined MINOS and MINOS+ exposure of 16.36×10^(20) protons on target. A simultaneous fit to the charged-current muon neutrino and neutral-current neutrino energy spectra in the two detectors yields no evidence for sterile neutrino mixing using a 3+1 model. The most stringent limit to date is set on the mixing parameter sin^2θ_(24) for most values of the sterile neutrino mass splitting Δm^2_(41) > 10^(−4)  eV^2.

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© 2019 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 23 October 2017; revised manuscript received 30 May 2018; published 6 March 2019. This document was prepared by the MINOS/MINOS+ Collaboration using 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; 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. We acknowledge fruitful cooperation with Minnesota DNR.

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Submitted - 1710.06488.pdf

Published - PhysRevLett.122.091803.pdf

Supplemental Material - dataRelease.root

Supplemental Material - dataRelease_chi2Calc_compile.c

Supplemental Material - minosSterileSuppMaterials.pdf


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