Improved Constraints on Sterile Neutrino Mixing from Disappearance Searches in the MINOS, MINOS+, Daya Bay, and Bugey-3 Experiments

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Abstract

Searches for electron antineutrino, muon neutrino, and muon antineutrino disappearance driven by sterile neutrino mixing have been carried out by the Daya Bay and MINOS+ collaborations. This Letter presents the combined results of these searches, along with exclusion results from the Bugey-3 reactor experiment, framed in a minimally extended four-neutrino scenario. Significantly improved constraints on the θμe mixing angle are derived that constitute the most constraining limits to date over five orders of magnitude in the mass-squared splitting Δm412, excluding the 90% C.L. sterile-neutrino parameter space allowed by the LSND and MiniBooNE observations at 90% CLs for Δm412<13 eV2. Furthermore, the LSND and MiniBooNE 99% C.L. allowed regions are excluded at 99% CLs for Δm412<1.6 eV2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number071801
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume125
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 14 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The Daya Bay experiment is supported in part by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the CAS Center for Excellence in Particle Physics, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Guangdong provincial government, the Shenzhen municipal government, the China General Nuclear Power Group, the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, and the National Research and Development Agency of Chile. We acknowledge Yellow River Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd. and China Railway 15th Bureau Group Co., Ltd. for building the underground laboratory. We are grateful for the ongoing cooperation from the China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group and China Light & Power Company.

Funding Information:
The MINOS and Collaborations use the resources of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), a U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, HEP User Facility. Fermilab is managed by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC (FRA), acting under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11359. This work was supported by the U.S. DOE; the United Kingdom STFC, part of UKRI; the U.S. NSF; the State and University of Minnesota; and Brazil’s FAPESP, CNPq and CAPES. We thank the personnel of Fermilab’s Accelerator and Scientific Computing Divisions and the crew of the Soudan Underground Laboratory for their effort and dedication. We thank the Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin for the provision of computing resources. The MINOS and Collaborations acknowledge fruitful cooperation with the Minnesota DNR.

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