CeSOX: An experimental test of the sterile neutrino hypothesis with Borexino

M. Gromov, M. Agostini, K. Altenmüller, S. Appel, V. Atroshchenko, Z. Bagdasarian, D. Basilico, G. Bellini, Jay Burton Benziger, D. Bick, G. Bonfini, D. Bravo, B. Caccianiga, Frank Calaprice, A. Caminata, S. Caprioli, M. Carlini, P. Cavalcante, A. Chepurnov, K. ChoiO. Cloué, L. Collica, M. Cribier, D. D'Angelo, S. Davini, A. Derbin, X. F. Ding, A. Di Ludovico, L. Di Noto, I. Drachnev, M. Durero, S. Farinon, V. Fischer, K. Fomenko, A. Formozov, D. Franco, F. Gabriele, J. Gaffiot, Cristiano Galbiati, M. Gschwender, C. Ghiano, M. Giammarchi, A. Goretti, D. Guffanti, C. Hagner, T. Houdy, E. Hungerford, Aldo Ianni, Andrea Ianni, N. Jonqueres, A. Jany, D. Jeschke, V. Kobychev, D. Korablev, G. Korga, V. Kornoukhov, D. Kryn, T. Lachenmaier, T. Lasserre, M. Laubenstein, E. Litvinovich, F. Lombardi, P. Lombardi, L. Ludhova, G. Lukyanchenko, L. Lukyanchenko, I. Machulin, G. Manuzio, S. Marcocci, J. Maricic, G. Mention, J. Martyn, E. Meroni, M. Meyer, L. Miramonti, M. Misiaszek, V. Muratova, R. Musenich, B. Neumair, L. Oberauer, B. Opitz, V. Orekhov, F. Ortica, M. Pallavicini, L. Papp, O. Penek, N. Pilipenko, A. Pocar, A. Porcelli, G. Ranucci, A. Razeto, A. Re, M. Redchuk, A. Romani, R. Roncin, N. Rossi, S. Rottenanger, S. Schönert, L. Scola, D. Semenov, M. Skorokhvatov, O. Smirnov, A. Sotnikov, L. F.F. Stokes, Y. Suvorov, R. Tartaglia, G. Testera, J. Thurn, M. Toropova, A. Trantel, E. Unzhakov, C. Veyssiére, A. Vishneva, M. Vivier, R. B. Vogelaar, F. Von Feilitzsch, H. Wang, S. Weinz, M. Wojcik, M. Wurm, Z. Yokley, O. Zaimidoroga, S. Zavatarelli, K. Zuber, G. Zuzel

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Abstract

The third phase of the Borexino experiment that's referred to as SOX is devoted to test the hypothesis of the existence of one (or more) sterile neutrinos at a short baseline (∼5-10m). The experimental measurement will be made with artificial sources namely with a 144Ce-144Pr antineutrino source at the first stage (CeSOX) and possibly with a 51Cr neutrino source at the second one. The fixed 144Ce-144Pr sample will be placed beneath the detector in a special pit and the initial activity will be about 100 - 150 kCi. The start of data taking is scheduled for April 2018. The article gives a short description of the preparation for the first stage and shows the expected sensitivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012003
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume934
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 20 2017
Event3rd International Conference on Particle Physics and Astrophysics, ICPPA 2017 - Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: Oct 2 2017Oct 5 2017

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Gromov, M., Agostini, M., Altenmüller, K., Appel, S., Atroshchenko, V., Bagdasarian, Z., Basilico, D., Bellini, G., Benziger, J. B., Bick, D., Bonfini, G., Bravo, D., Caccianiga, B., Calaprice, F., Caminata, A., Caprioli, S., Carlini, M., Cavalcante, P., Chepurnov, A., ... Zuzel, G. (2017). CeSOX: An experimental test of the sterile neutrino hypothesis with Borexino. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 934(1), [012003]. https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/934/1/012003