Constraints on large extra dimensions from the MINOS experiment

P. Adamson, I. Anghel, A. Aurisano, G. Barr, M. Bishai, A. Blake, G. J. Bock, D. Bogert, S. V. Cao, T. J. Carroll, C. M. Castromonte, R. Chen, S. Childress, J. A.B. Coelho, L. Corwin, D. Cronin-Hennessy, J. K. De Jong, S. De Rijck, A. V. Devan, N. E. DevenishM. V. Diwan, C. O. Escobar, J. J. Evans, E. Falk, G. J. Feldman, W. Flanagan, M. V. Frohne, M. Gabrielyan, H. R. Gallagher, S. Germani, R. A. Gomes, M. C. Goodman, P. Gouffon, N. Graf, R. Gran, K. Grzelak, A. Habig, S. R. Hahn, J. Hartnell, R. Hatcher, A. Holin, J. Huang, J. Hylen, G. M. Irwin, Z. Isvan, C. James, D. Jensen, T. Kafka, M. L. Marshak, G. Pawloski, (MINOS Collaboration)

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Abstract

We report new constraints on the size of large extra dimensions from data collected by the MINOS experiment between 2005 and 2012. Our analysis employs a model in which sterile neutrinos arise as Kaluza-Klein states in large extra dimensions and thus modify the neutrino oscillation probabilities due to mixing between active and sterile neutrino states. Using Fermilab's Neutrinos at the Main Injector beam exposure of 10.56×1020 protons on target, we combine muon neutrino charged current and neutral current data sets from the Near and Far Detectors and observe no evidence for deviations from standard three-flavor neutrino oscillations. The ratios of reconstructed energy spectra in the two detectors constrain the size of large extra dimensions to be smaller than 0.45 μm at 90% C.L. in the limit of a vanishing lightest active neutrino mass. Stronger limits are obtained for nonvanishing masses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111101
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume94
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 16 2016

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Adamson, P., Anghel, I., Aurisano, A., Barr, G., Bishai, M., Blake, A., Bock, G. J., Bogert, D., Cao, S. V., Carroll, T. J., Castromonte, C. M., Chen, R., Childress, S., Coelho, J. A. B., Corwin, L., Cronin-Hennessy, D., De Jong, J. K., De Rijck, S., Devan, A. V., ... (MINOS Collaboration) (2016). Constraints on large extra dimensions from the MINOS experiment. Physical Review D, 94(11), [111101]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.94.111101