Measurement of the solar B8 neutrino rate with a liquid scintillator target and 3 MeV energy threshold in the Borexino detector

G. Bellini, Jay Burton Benziger, S. Bonetti, M. Buizza Avanzini, B. Caccianiga, L. Cadonati, Frank Calaprice, C. Carraro, A. Chavarria, A. Chepurnov, F. Dalnoki-Veress, D. D'Angelo, S. Davini, H. De Kerret, A. Derbin, A. Etenko, K. Fomenko, D. Franco, Cristiano Galbiati, S. GazzanaC. Ghiano, M. Giammarchi, M. Goeger-Neff, A. Goretti, E. Guardincerri, S. Hardy, Aldo Ianni, Andrea Ianni, M. Joyce, G. Korga, D. Kryn, M. Laubenstein, M. Leung, T. Lewke, E. Litvinovich, B. Loer, P. Lombardi, L. Ludhova, I. MacHulin, S. Manecki, W. Maneschg, G. Manuzio, Q. Meindl, E. Meroni, L. Miramonti, M. Misiaszek, D. Montanari, V. Muratova, L. Oberauer, M. Obolensky, F. Ortica, M. Pallavicini, L. Papp, L. Perasso, S. Perasso, A. Pocar, R. S. Raghavan, G. Ranucci, A. Razeto, A. Re, P. Risso, A. Romani, D. Rountree, 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 report the measurement of ν-e elastic scattering from B8 solar neutrinos with 3 MeV energy threshold by the Borexino detector in Gran Sasso (Italy). The rate of solar neutrino-induced electron scattering events above this energy in Borexino is 0.22±0.04(stat)±0.01(syst)cpd/100t, which corresponds to ΦB8ES=2.4±0.4±0.1×106cm -2s-1, in good agreement with measurements from SNO and SuperKamiokaNDE. Assuming the B8 neutrino flux predicted by the high metallicity standard solar model, the average B8 νe survival probability above 3 MeV is measured to be 0.29±0.10. The survival probabilities for Be7 and B8 neutrinos as measured by Borexino differ by 1.9σ. These results are consistent with the prediction of the MSW-LMA solution of a transition in the solar νe survival probability Pee between the low-energy vacuum-driven and the high-energy matter-enhanced solar neutrino oscillation regimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number033006
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Volume82
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 5 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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    Bellini, G., Benziger, J. B., Bonetti, S., Buizza Avanzini, M., Caccianiga, B., Cadonati, L., Calaprice, F., Carraro, C., Chavarria, A., Chepurnov, A., Dalnoki-Veress, F., D'Angelo, D., Davini, S., De Kerret, H., Derbin, A., Etenko, A., Fomenko, K., Franco, D., Galbiati, C., ... Zuzel, G. (2010). Measurement of the solar B8 neutrino rate with a liquid scintillator target and 3 MeV energy threshold in the Borexino detector. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 82(3), [033006]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.82.033006