Measurement of the Neutrino Mixing Angle θ23 in NOvA

P. Adamson, L. Aliaga, D. Ambrose, N. Anfimov, A. Antoshkin, E. Arrieta-Diaz, K. Augsten, A. Aurisano, C. Backhouse, M. Baird, B. A. Bambah, K. Bays, B. Behera, S. Bending, R. Bernstein, V. Bhatnagar, B. Bhuyan, J. Bian, T. Blackburn, A. BolshakovaC. Bromberg, J. Brown, G. Brunetti, N. Buchanan, A. Butkevich, V. Bychkov, M. Campbell, E. Catano-Mur, S. Childress, B. C. Choudhary, B. Chowdhury, T. E. Coan, J. A.B. Coelho, M. Colo, J. Cooper, L. Corwin, L. Cremonesi, D. Cronin-Hennessy, G. S. Davies, J. P. Davies, P. F. Derwent, S. Desai, R. Dharmapalan, M. Gabrielyan, A. Habig, K. Heller, M. L. Marshak, G. Pawloski, R. Poling, M. Strait, NOvA Collaboration

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Abstract

This Letter reports new results on muon neutrino disappearance from NOvA, using a 14 kton detector equivalent exposure of 6.05×1020 protons on target from the NuMI beam at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The measurement probes the muon-tau symmetry hypothesis that requires maximal θ23 mixing (θ23=π/4). Assuming the normal mass hierarchy, we find Δm322=(2.67±0.11)×10-3 eV2 and sin2θ23 at the two statistically degenerate values 0.404-0.022+0.030 and 0.624-0.030+0.022, both at the 68% confidence level. Our data disfavor the maximal mixing scenario with 2.6σ significance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number151802
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume118
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 10 2017

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Adamson, P., Aliaga, L., Ambrose, D., Anfimov, N., Antoshkin, A., Arrieta-Diaz, E., Augsten, K., Aurisano, A., Backhouse, C., Baird, M., Bambah, B. A., Bays, K., Behera, B., Bending, S., Bernstein, R., Bhatnagar, V., Bhuyan, B., Bian, J., Blackburn, T., ... NOvA Collaboration (2017). Measurement of the Neutrino Mixing Angle θ23 in NOvA. Physical Review Letters, 118(15), [151802]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.151802