10-17 July 2019
Europe/Brussels timezone

Comprehensive measurement of pp-chain solar neutrinos with Borexino

11 Jul 2019, 10:20
ICC - Baeckeland 3 (Ghent)

ICC - Baeckeland 3


Parallel talk Neutrino Physics Neutrino Physics


Mariia Redchuk (Forschungszentrum Jülich)


The sun is fueled by fusion reactions that convert hydrogen into helium. The vast majority of the resulting energy is produced through the proton-proton (pp) chain reaction. The byproducts of the various stages of the pp-chain are the so-called pp, pep, $^7\text{Be}$, $^8\text{B}$ and hep solar neutrinos. They are a unique tool to gain information about the internal structure of the sun, as well as an intense natural source of neutrinos that can be used to study neutrino properties. Another known set of fusion reactions is the carbon-nitrogen-oxygen (CNO) catalytic cycle which also produces neutrinos, but has not yet been observed.

The Borexino detector is a liquid scintillator detector located in Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in the mountains of central Italy. It is particularly suitable for measuring the solar neutrinos due to its unprecedented radio-purity and resolution at low energies. A comprehensive study of the pp-chain was presented in a recent Nature publication by the Borexino collaboration.

The measurement reports pp, $^7\text{Be}$ and pep neutrino fluxes with the highest precision ever achieved, $^8\text{B}$ with the lowest energy threshold, the first Borexino limit on hep neutrinos, as well as the best limit on CNO neutrinos. These results and their physics interpretations concerning, for example, the so-called solar metallicity puzzle and the electron-neutrino survival probability, as well as other highlights of the analysis, will be summarized in this talk. The talk is presented in the name of the Borexino collaboration.

Primary author

Mariia Redchuk (Forschungszentrum Jülich)

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