3-10 August 2016
Chicago IL USA
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First measurement of radioactive isotope production through cosmic-ray muon spallation in Super-Kamiokande IV

Aug 8, 2016, 6:30 PM
Riverwalk A/B

Riverwalk A/B

Poster Neutrino Physics Poster Session


Shaomin Chen (Tsinghua University)


Cosmic-ray-muon spallation-induced radioactive isotopes with β decays are one of the major backgrounds for solar, reactor, and supernova relic neutrino experiments. Unlike in scintillator, production yields for cosmogenic backgrounds in water have not been exclusively measured before, yet they are becoming more and more important in next generation neutrino experiments designed to search for rare signals, for example, the SuperK-Gd’s SRN search. We have analyzed the low-energy trigger data collected at Super-Kamiokande IV and determined the yields of 12B, 12N, 16N and 9Li in the water for the first time. We also placed limits on the yields of 11Be, 8He/9C, and 15C and gave the combined yield of 8Li and 8B. Agreement of the data with theoretical calculations is in general much better in water than in scintillator; only those isotopes produced as a result of ejecting many nucleons of 16O significantly deviate by about a factor of four from predictions.

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Shaomin Chen (Tsinghua University)

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