Measuring active-to-sterile neutrino oscillations with neutral current coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering


Journal Article

Light sterile neutrinos have been introduced as an explanation for a number of oscillation signals at Δm2∼1eV2. Neutrino oscillations at relatively short baselines provide a probe of these possible new states. This paper describes an accelerator-based experiment using neutral current coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering to strictly search for active-to-sterile neutrino oscillations. This experiment could, thus, definitively establish the existence of sterile neutrinos and provide constraints on their mixing parameters. A cyclotron-based proton beam can be directed to multiple targets, producing a low-energy pion and muon decay-at-rest neutrino source with variable distance to a single detector. Two types of detectors are considered: a germanium-based detector inspired by the SuperCDMS design and a liquid argon detector inspired by the proposed CLEAR experiment. © 2012 American Physical Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Anderson, AJ; Conrad, JM; Figueroa-Feliciano, E; Ignarra, C; Karagiorgi, G; Scholberg, K; Shaevitz, MH; Spitz, J

Published Date

  • July 2, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 86 / 1

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-2368

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1550-7998

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevD.86.013004

Citation Source

  • Scopus