Search for Sterile Neutrinos in MINOS and MINOS+ Using a Two-Detector Fit Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • A search for mixing between active neutrinos and light sterile neutrinos has been performed by looking for muon neutrino disappearance in two detectors at baselines of 1.04 and 735 km, using a combined MINOS and MINOS+ exposure of 16.36×10^{20} protons on target. A simultaneous fit to the charged-current muon neutrino and neutral-current neutrino energy spectra in the two detectors yields no evidence for sterile neutrino mixing using a 3+1 model. The most stringent limit to date is set on the mixing parameter sin^{2}θ_{24} for most values of the sterile neutrino mass splitting Δm_{41}^{2}>10^{-4}  eV^{2}.

altmetric score

  • 68.31

author list (cited authors)

  • Adamson, P., Anghel, I., Aurisano, A., Barr, G., Bishai, M., Blake, A., ... Zwaska, R.

citation count

  • 20

publication date

  • March 2019

keywords

  • Minos+ Collaboration