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The distribution of inelastic dark matter in the Sun

If dark matter is composed of new particles, these may become captured after scattering with nuclei in the Sun, thermalize through additional scattering, and finally annihilate into neutrinos that can be detected on Earth. If dark matter scatters inelastically into a slightly heavier (\({\mathcal {O}} (10-100)\,\hbox {keV}\)) state it is unclear whether thermalization occurs. One...

Non-unitarity, sterile neutrinos, and non-standard neutrino interactions

The simplest Standard Model extension to explain neutrino masses involves the addition of right-handed neutrinos. At some level, this extension will impact neutrino oscillation searches. In this work we explore the differences and similarities between the case in which these neutrinos are kinematically accessible (sterile neutrinos) or not (mixing matrix non-unitarity). We...

The MOMENT to search for CP violation

In this letter, we analyze for the first time the physics reach in terms of sensitivity to leptonic CP violation of the proposed MuOn-decay MEdium baseline NeuTrino beam (MOMENT) experiment, a novel neutrino oscillation facility that would operate with neutrinos from muon decay. Apart from obtaining a sufficiently intense flux, the bottlenecks to the physics reach of this...

On the Bayesian approach to neutrino mass ordering

Mattias Blennow 0 Open Access 0 c The Authors. Article funded by SCOAP 0 0 Department of Theoretical Physics, School of Engineering Sciences, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, AlbaNova University

A combined study of source, detector and matter non-standard neutrino interactions at DUNE

We simultaneously investigate source, detector and matter non-standard neutrino interactions at the proposed DUNE experiment. Our analysis is performed using a Markov Chain Monte Carlo exploring the full parameter space. We find that the sensitivity of DUNE to the standard oscillation parameters is worsened due to the presence of non-standard neutrino interactions. In particular...

Reassessing the sensitivity to leptonic CP violation

We address the validity of the usual procedure to determine the sensitivity of neutrino oscillation experiments to CP violation. An explicit calibration of the test statistic is performed through Monte Carlo simulations for several experimental setups. We find that significant deviations from a χ 2 distribution with one degree of freedom occur for experimental setups with low...

Exploring source and detector non-standard neutrino interactions at ESSνSB

We investigate source and detector non-standard neutrino interactions at the proposed ESSνSB experiment. We analyze the effect of non-standard physics at the probability level, the event-rate level and by a full computation of the ESSνSB setup. We find that the precision measurement of the leptonic mixing angle θ 23 at ESSνSB is robust in the presence of non-standard interactions...

Searching for sterile neutrinos at the ESSνSB

The ESSνSB project is a proposed neutrino oscillation experiment based on the European Spallation Source with the search for leptonic CP violation as its main aim. In this letter we show that a near detector at around 1 km distance from the beamline is not only very desirable for keeping the systematic errors affecting the CP search under control, but would also provide a...

Quantifying the sensitivity of oscillation experiments to the neutrino mass ordering

Determining the type of the neutrino mass ordering (normal versus inverted) is one of the most important open questions in neutrino physics. In this paper we clarify the statistical interpretation of sensitivity calculations for this measurement. We employ standard frequentist methods of hypothesis testing in order to precisely define terms like the median sensitivity of an...

Non-unitary leptonic mixing and leptogenesis

We investigate the relation between non-unitarity of the leptonic mixing matrix and leptogenesis. We discuss how all parameters of the canonical type-I seesaw mechanism can, in principle, be reconstructed from the neutrino mass matrix and the deviation of the effective low-energy leptonic mixing matrix from unitary. When the mass M′ of the lightest right-handed neutrino is much...

Non-standard interactions using the OPERA experiment

We investigate the implications of non-standard interactions on neutrino oscillations in the OPERA experiment. In particular, we study the non-standard interaction parameter ε μ τ . We show that the OPERA experiment has a unique opportunity to reduce the allowed region for this parameter compared with other experiments such as the MINOS experiment, mostly due to the higher...