Measurement of geo-neutrinos from 1353 days of Borexino

G. Bellini, J. Benziger, D. Bick, G. Bonfini, D. Bravo, M. Buizza Avanzini, B. Caccianiga, L. Cadonati, F. Calaprice, P. Cavalcante, A. Chavarria, A. Chepurnov, D. D'Angelo, S. Davini, A. Derbin, A. Empl, A. Etenko, G. Fiorentini, K. Fomenko, D. FrancoC. Galbiati, S. Gazzana, C. Ghiano, M. Giammarchi, M. Goeger-Neff, A. Goretti, L. Grandi, C. Hagner, E. Hungerford, Aldo Ianni, Andrea Ianni, V. V. Kobychev, D. Korablev, G. Korga, Y. Koshio, D. Kryn, M. Laubenstein, T. Lewke, E. Litvinovich, B. Loer, P. Lombardi, F. Lombardi, L. Ludhova, G. Lukyanchenko, I. Machulin, S. Manecki, W. Maneschg, F. Mantovani, G. Manuzio, Q. Meindl, E. Meroni, L. Miramonti, M. Misiaszek, P. Mosteiro, V. Muratova, L. Oberauer, M. Obolensky, F. Ortica, K. Otis, M. Pallavicini, L. Papp, L. Perasso, S. Perasso, A. Pocar, G. Ranucci, A. Razeto, A. Re, B. Ricci, A. Romani, N. Rossi, A. Sabelnikov, R. Saldanha, C. Salvo, S. Schönert, H. Simgen, M. Skorokhvatov, O. Smirnov, A. Sotnikov, S. Sukhotin, Y. Suvorov, R. Tartaglia, G. Testera, D. Vignaud, R. B. Vogelaar, F. von Feilitzsch, J. Winter, M. Wojcik, A. Wright, M. Wurm, J. Xu, O. Zaimidoroga, S. Zavatarelli, G. Zuzel

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Abstract

We present a measurement of the geo-neutrino signal obtained from 1353 days of data with the Borexino detector at Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy. With a fiducial exposure of (3.69±0.16)×1031 proton × year after all selection cuts and background subtraction, we detected (14.3±4.4) geo-neutrino events assuming a fixed chondritic mass Th/U ratio of 3.9. This corresponds to a geo-neutrino signal Sgeo=(38.8±12.0)TNU with just a 6×10-6 probability for a null geo-neutrino measurement. With U and Th left as free parameters in the fit, the relative signals are STh=(10.6±12.7)TNU and SU=(26.5±19.5)TNU. Borexino data alone are compatible with a mantle geo-neutrino signal of (15.4±12.3)TNU, while a combined analysis with the KamLAND data allows to extract a mantle signal of (14.1±8.1)TNU. Our measurement of 31.2-6.1+7.0 reactor anti-neutrino events is in agreement with expectations in the presence of neutrino oscillations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-300
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume722
Issue number4-5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 24 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

Keywords

  • Anti-neutrinos from reactors
  • Geo-neutrino
  • Neutrino detector
  • Radiogenic heat

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