Light new physics in coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering experiments

Patrick Deniverville, Maxim Pospelov, Adam Ritz

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Experiments aiming to detect coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering present opportunities to probe new light weakly coupled states, such as sub-GeV mass dark matter, in several extensions of the Standard Model. These states can be produced along with neutrinos in the collisions of protons with the target, and their production rate can be enhanced if there exists a light mediator produced on shell. We analyze the sensitivity reach of several proposed experiments to light dark matter interacting with the Standard Model via a light vector mediator coupled to the electromagnetic current. We also determine the corresponding sensitivity to massless singlet neutrino-type states with interactions mediated by the baryon number current. In both cases we observe that proposed coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering experiments, such as COHERENT at the spallation neutrino source (SNS) and CENNS at Fermilab, will have sensitivity well beyond the existing limits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number095005
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 4 2015
Externally publishedYes

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