A brief review of minos neutrino oscillation results

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Abstract

The MINOS long-baseline experiment is using the NuMI neutrino beam to make precise measurements of neutrino flavor oscillations in the " atmospheric" neutrino sector. MINOS observes the νμ disappearance oscillations seen in atmospheric neutrinos, tests possible disappearance to sterile ν by measuring the neutral current flux, and extends our reach towards the so far unseen θ13 by looking for νe appearance in this νμ beam. The magnetized MINOS detectors also allow tests of CPT conservation by discriminating between neutrinos and anti-neutrinos on an event-by-event basis. The intense, well-understood NuMI neutrino beam created at Fermilab is observed 735 km away at the Soudan Mine in Northeast Minnesota. High-statistics studies of the neutrino interactions themselves and the cosmic rays seen by the MINOS detectors have also been made. MINOS started taking beam data in May 2005 and is now nearing the end of its five-year run. This paper reviews results published based on the first several years of data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1219-1231
Number of pages13
JournalModern Physics Letters A
Volume25
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - May 20 2010

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author would like to thank his many MINOS colleagues whose work is being presented in this paper. MINOS is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.K. Science and Technologies Facilities Council, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the State and University of Minnesota. The author is supported by NSF RUI grant #0653016.

Keywords

  • Anti-neutrinos
  • Long-baseline
  • MINOS
  • Neutrino decay
  • Neutrino oscillations
  • Sterile neutrinos

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