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Indication of reactor electron antineutrinos disappearance in the Double Chooz experiment

Y. Abe C. Aberle T. Akiri 1 J. C. dos Anjos F. Ardellier 2 A. F. Barbosa A. Baxter M. Bergevin A. Bernstein T. J. C. Bezerra L. Bezrukhov E. Blucher M. Bongrand 2 N. S. Bowden C. Buck J. Busenitz A. Cabrera 1 E. Caden L. Camilleri R. Carr M. Cerrada P.-J. Chang P. Chimenti T. Classen A. P. Collin 2 E. Conover J. M. Conrad S. Cormon 2, 3 J. I. Crespo-Anadón M. Cribier 1, 2 K. Crum A. Cucoanes 3 M. V. d'Agostino E. Damon J.V. Dawson 1 S. Dazeley M. Dierckxsens D. Dietrich Z. Djurcic M. Dracos 4 V. Durand 1, 2 Y. Efremenko M. Elnimr Y. Endo A. Etenko E. Falk Muriel Fallot 3 M. Fechner F. von Feilitzsch J. Felde S. M. Fernandes D. Franco 1 A. J. Franke M. Franke H. Furuta R. Gama I. Gil-Botella Lydie Giot 3 M. Göger-Neff L. F. G. Gonzalez M. C. Goodman J. Tm. Goon D. Greiner B. Guillon 3 N. Haag C. Hagner T. Hara F. X. Hartmann J. Hartnell T. Haruna J. Haser A. Hatzikoutelis T. Hayakawa M. Hofmann G. A. Horton-Smith M. Ishitsuka J. Jochum C. Jollet 4 C. L. Jones F. Kaether L. Kalousis 4 Y. Kamyshkov D. M. Kaplan T. Kawasaki G. Keefer E. Kemp H. de Kerret 1 Y. Kibe T. Konno D. Kryn 1 M. Kuze T. Lachenmaier C. E. Lane C. Langbrandtner T. Lasserre 1, 2 A. Letourneau 2 D. Lhuillier 2 H. P. Lima M. Lindner Yehan Liu J. M. López-Castanõ J. M. Losecco B. K. Lubsandorzhiev S. Lucht D. Mckee J. Maeda C. N. Maesano C. Mariani J. Maricic J. Martino 3 T. Matsubara G. Mention 2 A. Meregaglia 4 T. Miletic R. Milincic A. Milzstajn 2 H. Miyata D. Motta 2 Th. A. Mueller 2 Y. Nagasaka K. Nakajima P. Novella M. Obolensky 1 L. Oberauer A. Onillon 3 A. Osborn I. Ostrovskiy C. Palomares S. J. M. Peeters I. M. Pepe S. Perasso P. Perrin 2 P. Pfahler A. Porta 3 W. Potzel R. Queval 2 J. Reichenbacher B. Reinhold A. Remoto 1, 3 D. Reyna M. Röhling S. Roth H. A. Rubin Y. Sakamoto R. Santorelli F. Sato S. Schönert S. Schoppmann U. Schwan T. Schwetz M. H. Shaevitz D. Shrestha J.-L. Sida 2 V. Sinev M. Skorokhvatov E. Smith J. Spitz A. Stahl I. Stancu M. Strait A. Stüken F. Suekane S. Sukhotin T. Sumiyoshi Y. Sun Z. Sun 2 R. Svoboda H. Tabata N. Tamura K. Terao A. Tonazzo 1 M. Toups H. H. Trinh Thi C. Veyssiere 2 S. Wagner H. Watanabe B. White C. Wiebusch L. Winslow M. Worcester M. Wurm E. Yanovitch Frédéric Yermia 3 K. Zbiri 3 V. Zimmer
Abstract : The Double Chooz experiment presents an indication of reactor electron antineutrino disappearance consistent with neutrino oscillations. An observed-to-predicted ratio of events of 0.944±0.016(stat)±0.040(syst) was obtained in 101 days of running at the Chooz nuclear power plant in France, with two 4.25GWth reactors. The results were obtained from a single 10m3 fiducial volume detector located 1050 m from the two reactor cores. The reactor antineutrino flux prediction used the Bugey4 flux measurement after correction for differences in core composition. The deficit can be interpreted as an indication of a nonzero value of the still unmeasured neutrino mixing parameter sin⁡22θ13. Analyzing both the rate of the prompt positrons and their energy spectrum, we find sin⁡22θ13=0.086±0.041(stat)±0.030(syst), or, at 90% C.L., 0.017
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Y. Abe, C. Aberle, T. Akiri, J. C. dos Anjos, F. Ardellier, et al.. Indication of reactor electron antineutrinos disappearance in the Double Chooz experiment. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2012, 108, pp.131801. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.131801⟩. ⟨in2p3-00657373⟩

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