The search for sterile neutrinos with SOX-Borexino

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

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Abstract

The aim of the SOX-Borexino project is to verify or falsify the existence of eV-scale sterile neutrinos. The existence of sterile neutrinos is suspected because of several anomalies, which were observed in previous experiments. A ~3.7 PBq electron antineutrino source made of 144Ce will be installed below the Borexino detector at LNGS, Italy, to search for short-baseline oscillations of active-to-sterile neutrinos within the detector volume. Source delivery and beginning of data acquisition is planned for end of 2016, preliminary results are expected already in 2017.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1481-1484
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics of Atomic Nuclei
Volume79
Issue number11-12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

Keywords

  • Borexino
  • astroparticle physics
  • particle physics
  • sterile neutrinos

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    Altenmüller, K., Agostini, M., Appel, S., Bellini, G., Benziger, J. B., Berton, N., Bick, D., Bonfini, G., Bravo, D., Caccianiga, B., Calaprice, F., Caminata, A., Cavalcante, P., Chepurnov, A., Cribier, M., D’Angelo, D., Davini, S., Derbin, A., di Noto, L., ... Zuzel, G. (2016). The search for sterile neutrinos with SOX-Borexino. Physics of Atomic Nuclei, 79(11-12), 1481-1484. https://doi.org/10.1134/S106377881610001X