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DUNE sensitivities to the mixing between sterile and tau neutrinos

Abstract Light sterile neutrinos can be probed in a number of ways, including electroweak decays, cosmology and neutrino oscillation experiments. At long-baseline experiments, the neutral-current data is directly sensitive to the presence of light sterile neutrinos: once the active neutrinos have oscillated into a sterile state, a depletion in the neutral-current data sample is...

Non-standard interactions in propagation at the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment

We study the sensitivity of current and future long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiments to the effects of dimension six operators affecting neutrino propagation through Earth, commonly referred to as Non-Standard Interactions (NSI). All relevant parameters entering the oscillation probabilities (standard and non-standard) are considered at once, in order to take into...

Curtailing the dark side in non-standard neutrino interactions

In presence of non-standard neutrino interactions the neutrino flavor evolution equation is affected by a degeneracy which leads to the so-called LMA-Dark solution. It requires a solar mixing angle in the second octant and implies an ambiguity in the neutrino mass ordering. Non-oscillation experiments are required to break this degeneracy. We perform a combined analysis of data...

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...

Dark matter beams at LBNF

High-intensity neutrino beam facilities may produce a beam of light dark matter when protons strike the target. Searches for such a dark matter beam using its scattering in a nearby detector must overcome the large neutrino background. We characterize the spatial and energy distributions of the dark matter and neutrino beams, focusing on their differences to enhance the...

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...

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...

Combining dark matter detectors and electron-capture sources to hunt for new physics in the neutrino sector

In this letter we point out the possibility to study new physics in the neutrino sector using dark matter detectors based on liquid xenon. These are characterized by very good spatial resolution and extremely low thresholds for electron recoil energies. When combined with a radioactive ν e source, both features in combination allow for a very competitive sensitivity to neutrino...

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...

Optimization of neutrino oscillation facilities for large θ 13

Pilar Coloma 1 Enrique Fernandez-Martinez 0 Open Access 0 CERN Physics Department, Theory Division , CH-1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland 1 Departamento de Fsica Teorica & Instituto de Fsica Teorica

Physics reach of CERN-based SuperBeam neutrino oscillation experiments

Pilar Coloma 2 Enrique Fernandez-Marntez Open Access 0 CERN Physics Department, Theory Division , CH-1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland 1 Departamento de Fsica Toerica, Universidad Auotnoma de Madrid