Jul 4 – 11, 2018
Asia/Seoul timezone

The measurement of absolute reactor neutrino flux and spectrum, and their evolution at Daya Bay

Jul 5, 2018, 2:30 PM
103 (COEX, Seoul)


COEX, Seoul

Parallel Neutrino Physics Neutrino Physics


Dr Bei-Zhen Hu (National Taiwan University (on behalf of Daya Bay Collaboration))


The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment consists of eight functionally identical detectors placed underground at different baselines from six 2.9 $\mathrm{GW_{th}}$ reactor cores. Since Dec. 2011, the experiment has collected more than 2.2 million inverse beta decay (IBD) candidates to date, enabling a precision measurement of the absolute reactor antineutrino flux and spectrum, and their fuel-dependent evolution. The comparison between measured spectrum and predictions from Huber-Mueller model revealed a 2.9 $\sigma$ deviation for the whole energy region and mostly pronounced in the region around 4-6 MeV. The measurement of the evolution of the reactor antineutrino flux and spectrum showed a 2.8 $\sigma$ discrepancy in the antineutrino flux variation with respect to the reactor fuel composition. The discrepancy suggests an overestimation of the predicted contribution from the $^{235}U$ fission isotope and indicates that this isotope could be primary contributor to the reactor antineutrino anomaly.

Primary author

Dr Bei-Zhen Hu (National Taiwan University (on behalf of Daya Bay Collaboration))

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