Exotic V[over-bar][subscript e] -->V[over-bar][subscript slash-e] oscillations in Double Chooz
Author(s)G. Duarte, Javier M. (Javier Mauricio Gonzalez Duarte)
Exotic [upsilon] [over-bar][subscript e] --> [upsilon][over-bar][subscript slash-e] oscillations in Double Chooz
Study of exotic V[over-bar][subscript e] -->V[over-bar][subscript slash-e] oscillations in Double Chooz
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Physics.
Janet M. Conrad.
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In this thesis, we estimate the sensitivity of Double Chooz, a reactor Ve --> Ve experiment, to detect "early" neutrino oscillations based on a three-active plus one-sterile, or (3 + 1), neutrino mixing model by implementing a least-squares fit to the simulated electron antineutrino reactor spectrum1 . By comparing the expected spectra from the null hypothesis and the (3 + 1) oscillation hypothesis at the Double Chooz near detector L = 200 m, we expect a modest sterile neutrino discovery potential, limited by the ~ 2% reactor flux uncertainty. This potential may be expanded by employing a Double Chooz-like detector at a very short baseline L = 6 m from the reactor. At both baselines, the p-value for the null hypothesis was extremely small p ~ 0.004, which is compelling evidence for rejecting this hypothesis. Very short baseline antineutrino oscillation reactor experiments may help to resolve the current global incompatibilities between neutrino and antineutrino data sets.
Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Physics, 2010.In title on title-page: unable to ascertain meaning of symbols used. Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (49-52).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Physics.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology