/ hep-ex arXiv:1706.04592


Search for active-sterile neutrino mixing using neutral-current interactions in NOvA


Adamson, P. (Fermilab) ; Aliaga, L. (Fermilab) ; Ambrose, D. (Minnesota U.) ; Anfimov, N. (Dubna, JINR) ; Antoshkin, A. (Minnesota U.) ; Arrieta-Diaz, E. (Southern Methodist U.) ; Augsten, K. (Prague, Tech. U.) ; Aurisano, A. (Cincinnati U.) ; Backhouse, C. (Caltech) ; Baird, M. (Indiana U.) ; Bambah, B.A. (Hyderabad U.) ; Bays, K. (Caltech) ; Behera, B. (Indian Inst. Tech., Hyderabad) ; Bending, S. (University Coll. London) ; Bernstein, R. (Fermilab) ; Bhatnagar, V. (Panjab U.) ; Bhuyan, B. (Indian Inst. Tech., Mumbai) ; Bian, J. (Minnesota U.) ; Blackburn, T. (Sussex U.) ; Bolshakova, A. (Dubna, JINR) ; Bromberg, C. (Michigan State U.) ; Brown, J. (Minnesota U.) ; Brunetti, G. (Fermilab) ; Buchanan, N. (Colorado State U.) ; Butkevich, A. (Moscow, INR) ; Bychkov, V. (Minnesota U.) ; Campbell, M. (University Coll. London) ; Catano-Mur, E. (Iowa State U.) ; Childress, S. (Fermilab) ; Choudhary, B.C. (Delhi U.) ; Chowdhury, B. (South Carolina U.) ; Coan, T.E. (Southern Methodist U.) ; Coelho, J.A.B. (Tufts U.) ; Colo, M. (William-Mary Coll.) ; Cooper, J. (Fermilab) ; Corwin, L. (South Dakota Sch. Mines Tech.) ; Cremonesi, L. (University Coll. London) ; Cronin-Hennessy, D. (Minnesota U.) ; Davies, G.S. (Indiana U.) ; Davies, J.P. (Sussex U.) ; Derwent, P.F. (Fermilab) ; Dharmapalan, R. (Argonne (main)) ; Ding, P. (Fermilab) ; Djurcic, Z. (Argonne (main)) ; Dukes, E.C. (Virginia U.) ; Duyang, H. (South Carolina U.) ; Edayath, S. (Cochin U.) ; Ehrlich, R. (Virginia U.) ; Feldman, G.J. (Harvard U.) ; Frank, M.J. (Virginia U.) ; Gabrielyan, M. (Minnesota U.) ; Gallagher, H.R. (Tufts U.) ; Germani, S. (University Coll. London) ; Ghosh, T. (Goias U.) ; Giri, A. (Indian Inst. Tech., Hyderabad) ; Gomes, R.A. (Goias U.) ; Goodman, M.C. (Argonne (main)) ; Grichine, V. (Lebedev Inst.) ; Groh, M. (Indiana U.) ; Group, R. (Virginia U.) ; Grover, D. (Banaras Hindu U.) ; Guo, B. (South Carolina U.) ; Habig, A. (Minnesota U., Duluth) ; Hartnell, J. (Sussex U.) ; Hatcher, R. (Fermilab) ; Hatzikoutelis, A. (Tennessee U.) ; Heller, K. (Minnesota U.) ; Himmel, A. (Fermilab) ; Holin, A. (University Coll. London) ; Howard, B. (Indiana U.) ; Hylen, J. (Fermilab) ; Jediny, F. (Prague, Tech. U.) ; Judah, M. (Colorado State U.) ; Kafka, G.K. (Harvard U.) ; Kalra, D. (Panjab U.) ; Kasahara, S.M.S. (Minnesota U.) ; Kasetti, S. (Hyderabad U.) ; Keloth, R. (Cochin U.) ; Kolupaeva, L. (Dubna, JINR) ; Kotelnikov, S. (Lebedev Inst.) ; Kourbanis, I. (Fermilab) ; Kreymer, A. (Fermilab) ; Kumar, A. (Panjab U.) ; Kurbanov, S. (Virginia U.) ; Lackey, T. (Indiana U.) ; Lang, K. (Texas U.) ; Lee, W.M. (Fermilab) ; Lin, S. (Colorado State U.) ; Lokajicek, M. (Prague, Inst. Phys.) ; Lozier, J. (Caltech) ; Luchuk, S. (Moscow, INR) ; Maan, K. (Panjab U.) ; Magill, S. (Argonne (main)) ; Mann, W.A. (Tufts U.) ; Marshak, M.L. (Minnesota U.) ; Matera, K. (Fermilab) ; Matveev, V. (Moscow, INR) ; Méndez, D.P. (Sussex U.) ; Messier, M.D. (Indiana U.) ; Meyer, H. 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Abstract: We report results from the first search for sterile neutrinos mixing with active neutrinos through a reduction in the rate of neutral-current interactions over a baseline of 810\,km between the NOvA detectors. Analyzing a 14-kton detector equivalent exposure of 6.05$\times$10$^{20}$ protons-on-target in the NuMI beam at Fermilab, we observe 95 neutral-current candidates at the Far Detector compared with $83.5 \pm 9.7 \mbox{(stat.)} \pm 9.4 \mbox{(syst.)}$ events predicted assuming mixing only occurs between active neutrino species. No evidence for $\nu_{\mu} \rightarrow \nu_{s}$ transitions is found. Interpreting these results within a 3+1 model, we place constraints on the mixing angles $\theta_{24}<20.8^{\circ}$ and $\theta_{34}<31.2^{\circ}$ at the 90% C.L. for $0.05~eV^2\leq \Delta m^2_{41}\leq 0.5~eV^2$, the range of mass splittings that produce no significant oscillations over the Near Detector baseline.

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