Search for sterile neutrinos with the SOX experiment

A. Caminata, M. Agostini, K. Altenmüller, S. Appel, G. Bellini, Jay Burton Benziger, N. Berton, D. Bick, G. Bonfini, D. Bravo, B. Caccianiga, Frank Calaprice, P. Cavalcante, A. Chepurnov, K. Choi, M. Cribier, D. D'Angelo, S. Davini, A. Derbin, L. Di NotoI. Drachnev, M. Durero, A. Empl, A. Etenko, S. Farinon, V. Fischer, K. Fomenko, D. Franco, F. Gabriele, J. Gaffiot, Cristiano Galbiati, C. Ghiano, M. Giammarchi, M. Goeger-Neff, A. Goretti, M. Gromov, C. Hagner, Th Houdy, E. Hungerford, Aldo Ianni, Andrea Ianni, N. Jonquères, K. Jedrzejczak, M. Kaiser, V. Kobychev, D. Korablev, G. Korga, V. Kornoukhov, D. Kryn, T. Lachenmaier, T. Lasserre, M. Laubenstein, B. Lehnert, J. Link, E. Litvinovich, F. Lombardi, P. Lombardi, L. Ludhova, G. Lukyanchenko, I. Machulin, S. Manecki, W. Maneschg, S. Marcocci, J. Maricic, G. Mention, E. Meroni, M. Meyer, L. Miramonti, M. Misiaszek, M. Montuschi, P. Mosteiro, V. Muratova, R. Musenich, B. Neumair, L. Oberauer, M. Obolensky, F. Ortica, K. Otis, L. Pagani, M. Pallavicini, L. Papp, L. Perasso, A. Pocar, G. Ranucci, A. Razeto, A. Re, A. Romani, R. Roncin, N. Rossi, S. Schönert, L. Scola, D. Semenov, H. Simgen, M. Skorokhvatov, O. Smirnov, A. Sotnikov, S. Sukhotin, Y. Suvorov, R. Tartaglia, G. Testera, J. Thurn, M. Toropova, E. Unzhakov, C. Veyssière, M. Vivier, R. B. Vogelaar, F. Von Feilitzsch, H. Wang, S. Weinz, J. Winter, M. Wojcik, M. Wurm, Z. Yokley, O. Zaimidoroga, S. Zavatarelli, K. Zuber, G. Zuzel

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Abstract

In the recent years, the Borexino detector has proven its outstanding performances in detecting neutrinos and antineutrinos in the low energy regime. Consequently, it is an ideal tool to investigate the existence of sterile neutrinos, whose presence has been suggested by several anomalies over the past two decades. The SOX (Short distance neutrino Oscillations with boreXino) project will investigate the presence of sterile neutrinos placing a neutrino and an antineutrino sources in a location under the detector foreseen for this purpose since the construction of Borexino. Interacting in the detector active volume, each beam would create a well detectable spatial wave pattern in case of oscillation of neutrino or antineutrino in a sterile state. Otherwise, the experiment will set a very stringent limit on the existence of a sterile state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number236
JournalNuovo Cimento della Societa Italiana di Fisica C
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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    Caminata, A., Agostini, M., Altenmüller, K., Appel, S., Bellini, G., Benziger, J. B., Berton, N., Bick, D., Bonfini, G., Bravo, D., Caccianiga, B., Calaprice, F., Cavalcante, P., Chepurnov, A., Choi, K., Cribier, M., D'Angelo, D., Davini, S., Derbin, A., ... Zuzel, G. (2016). Search for sterile neutrinos with the SOX experiment. Nuovo Cimento della Societa Italiana di Fisica C, 39(1), [236]. https://doi.org/10.1393/ncc/i2016-16236-7