Improved Search for ν¯µ → ν¯e Oscillations in the MiniBooNE Experiment

dc.contributor.authorCollaboration, T. M.en
dc.contributor.authorAguilar-Arevalo, A. A.en
dc.contributor.authorBrown, B. C.en
dc.contributor.authorBugel, L.en
dc.contributor.authorCheng, G.en
dc.contributor.authorChurch, E. D.en
dc.contributor.authorConrad, Janet M.en
dc.contributor.authorDharmapalan, R.en
dc.contributor.authorDjurcic, Zelimiren
dc.contributor.authorFinley, D. A.en
dc.contributor.authorFord, R.en
dc.contributor.authorGarcia, F. G.en
dc.contributor.authorGarvey, G. T.en
dc.contributor.authorGrange, J.en
dc.contributor.authorHuelsnitz, W.en
dc.contributor.authorIgnarra, C. M.en
dc.contributor.authorImlay, R.en
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, R. A.en
dc.contributor.authorKaragiorgi, Georgia S.en
dc.contributor.authorKatori, T.en
dc.contributor.authorKobilarcik, T.en
dc.contributor.authorLouis, W. C.en
dc.contributor.authorMariani, Camilloen
dc.contributor.authorMarsh, W.en
dc.contributor.authorMills, G. B.en
dc.contributor.authorMirabal, J.en
dc.contributor.authorMoore, C. D.en
dc.contributor.authorMousseau, J.en
dc.contributor.authorNienaber, P.en
dc.contributor.authorOsmanov, B.en
dc.contributor.authorPavlovic, Z.en
dc.contributor.authorPerevalov, D.en
dc.contributor.authorPolly, C. C.en
dc.contributor.authorRay, H.en
dc.contributor.authorRoe, B. P.en
dc.contributor.authorRussell, A. D.en
dc.contributor.authorShaevitz, Marjorie Hansenen
dc.contributor.authorSpitz, Joshuaen
dc.contributor.authorStancu, Ionen
dc.contributor.authorTayloe, R.en
dc.contributor.authorWater, R. G. V. D.en
dc.contributor.authorWhite, D. H.en
dc.contributor.authorWickremasinghe, D. A.en
dc.contributor.authorZeller, Geralyn P.en
dc.contributor.authorZimmerman, E. D.en
dc.description.abstractThe MiniBooNE experiment at Fermilab reports results from an analysis of ¯νe appearance data from 11.27 × 10²⁰ protons on target in antineutrino mode, an increase of approximately a factor of two over the previously reported results. An event excess of 78.4 ± 28.5 events (2.8σ) is observed in the energy range 200 < EQE ν < 1250 MeV. If interpreted in a two-neutrino oscillation model, ν¯µ → ν¯e, the best oscillation fit to the excess has a probability of 66% while the background-only fit has a χ 2 -probability of 0.5% relative to the best fit. The data are consistent with antineutrino oscillations in the 0.01 < ∆m² < 1.0 eV² range and have some overlap with the evidence for antineutrino oscillations from the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND). All of the major backgrounds are constrained by in-situ event measurements so non-oscillation explanations would need to invoke new anomalous background processes. The neutrino mode running also shows an excess at low energy of 162.0 ± 47.8 events (3.4σ) but the energy distribution of the excess is marginally compatible with a simple two neutrino oscillation formalism. Expanded models with several sterile neutrinos can reduce the incompatibility by allowing for CP violating effects between neutrino and antineutrino oscillations.en
dc.description.notesSubmitted to PRL. Further information provided in arXiv:1207.4809en
dc.identifier.orcidMariani, C [0000-0003-3284-4681]en
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dc.titleImproved Search for ν¯µ → ν¯e Oscillations in the MiniBooNE Experimenten
dc.typeArticle - Refereeden
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