8-13 August 2011
Rhode Island Convention Center
US/Eastern timezone

Searching for Coherent Neutrino Scattering at a Decay-at-Rest Neutrino Source

12 Aug 2011, 11:30
550 (Rhode Island Convention Center)


Rhode Island Convention Center

Parallel contribution Neutrino Physics Neutrino Physics


Prof. Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano (MIT)


Coherent elastic neutrino- and WIMP-nucleus interaction signatures are expected to be quite similar. Next-generation ton-scale dark matter detectors could discover neutrino-nucleus coherent scattering in an underground laboratory. A high intensity pion- and muon- decay-at-rest neutrino source recently proposed for oscillation physics at underground laboratories would provide the neutrinos for these measurements. We show that discovery of this interaction is possible with a 2 ton year exposure of a ton-scale experiment such as GEODM. Furthermore, a dedicated coherent scattering experiment using low-temperature Ge crystals and/or nobel liquids placed close (~10 m) to the neutrino source would see hundreds to thousands of events per year. These higher statistics would enable new limits on non-standard neutrino interactions and searches for sterile neutrinos through short-baseline oscillations. We discuss the potential sensitivity of such an experiment to light sterile neutrino models with Delta m^2 of order 1 eV^2, a region that contains the best-fit 3+1 and 3+2 models to LSND and MiniBooNE data.

Primary author


Mr A. Anderson (MIT) Ms C. Ignarra (MIT) Dr G. Karagiorgi (Columbia University) Prof. J. M. Conrad (MIT) Dr J. Spitz (Yale University) Prof. K. Scholberg (Duke University) Prof. M. H. Shaevitz (Columbia University)

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