Constraints on neutrino lifetime from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory

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The long baseline between Earth and the Sun makes solar neutrinos an excellent test beam for exploring possible neutrino decay. The signature of such decay would be an energy-dependent distortion of the traditional survival probability which can be fit for using well-developed and high-precision analysis methods. Here a model including neutrino decay is fit to all three phases of B8 solar neutrino data taken by the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO). This fit constrains the lifetime of neutrino mass state ν2 to be >8.08×10-5 s/eV at 90% confidence. An analysis combining this SNO result with those from other solar neutrino experiments results in a combined limit for the lifetime of mass state ν2 of >1.92×10-3 s/eV at 90% confidence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number032013
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by Canada: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Industry Canada, National Research Council, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd., Ontario Power Generation, High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Research Chairs program; U.S.: Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Physics, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, National Science Foundation, the Queens Breakthrough Fund, Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration through the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium; United Kingdom: Science and Technology Facilities Council (formerly Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council); Portugal: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. This research used the Savio computational cluster resource provided by the Berkeley Research Computing program at the University of California, Berkeley (supported by the UC Berkeley Chancellor, Vice Chancellor for Research, and Chief Information Officer). We thank the SNO technical staff for their strong contributions. We thank INCO (now Vale, Ltd.) for hosting this project in their Creighton mine.

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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