Sep 8 – 13, 2013
Asilomar, California
US/Pacific timezone

Recent Solar Neutrino Results From Super-Kamiokande

Sep 10, 2013, 2:20 PM
Asilomar, California

Asilomar, California

Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3704
Oral Low-Energy Neutrinos (solar, reactor, supernova, and geo neutrinos and also nuclear astrophysics associated with these sources) Low Energy Neutrinos II


Andrew Renshaw (UC Irvine)


"Super-Kamiokande-IV data taking began in September of 2008, and with upgraded electronics and improvements to water system dynamics, calibration and analysis techniques, a clear solar neutrino signal could be extracted at recoil electron kinetic energies as low as 3.49 MeV. The SK-IV extracted solar neutrino flux between 3.99 and 19.49 MeV is found to be (2.34±0.03(stat.)±0.04(syst.))×10^6 /(cm^2sec). The SK combined recoil electron energy spectrum slightly favors the distorted shape predicted by MSW oscillations. A maximum likelihood fit to the amplitude of the expected solar zenith angle variation of the elastic neutrino-electron scattering rate in SK, results in a day/night asymmetry of -3.2±1.1(stat)±0.5(syst)%. The 2.7 σ significance of non-zero asymmetry is the first indication of the regeneration of electron type solar neutrinos as they travel through Earth’s matter. The combination of SK-I, II, III and IV solar neutrino data measure the solar mixing angle to sin^2(θ_{12})=0.342+0.028-0.023 and the solar neutrino mass splitting to ∆m^2 =4.69+1.80-0.83 ×10^(−5) eV^2."

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Andrew Renshaw (UC Irvine)

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