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Light Yield in DarkSide-10: a Prototype Two-phase Liquid Argon TPC for Dark Matter Searches
T. Alexander,D. Alton,K. Arisaka,H. O. Back,P. Beltrame,J. Benziger,G. Bonfini,A. Brigatti,J. Brodsky,L. Cadonati,F. Calaprice,A. Candela,H. Cao,P. Cavalcante,A. Chavarria,A. Chepurnov,D. Cline,A. G. Cocco,C. Condon,D. D'Angelo,S. Davini,E. De Haas,A. Derbin,G. Di Pietro,I. Dratchnev,D. Durben,A. Empl,A. Etenko,A. Fan,G. Fiorillo,K. Fomenko,F. Gabriele,C. Galbiati,S. Gazzana,C. Ghag,C. Ghiano,A. Goretti,L. Grandi,M. Gromov,M. Guan,C. Guo,G. Guray,E. V. Hungerford,Al. Ianni,An. Ianni,A. Kayunov,K. Keeter,C. Kendziora,S. Kidner,V. Kobychev,G. Koh,D. Korablev,G. Korga,E. Shields,P. Li,B. Loer,P. Lombardi,C. Love,L. Ludhova,L. Lukyanchenko,A. Lund,K. Lung,Y. Ma,I. Machulin,J. Maricic,C. J. Martoff,Y. Meng,E. Meroni,P. D. Meyers,T. Mohayai,D. Montanari,M. Montuschi,P. Mosteiro,B. Mount,V. Muratova,A. Nelson,A. Nemtzow,N. Nurakhov,M. Orsini,F. Ortica,M. Pallavicini,E. Pantic,S. Parmeggiano,R. Parsells,N. Pelliccia,L. Perasso,F. Perfetto,L. Pinsky,A. Pocar,S. Pordes,G. Ranucci,A. Razeto,A. Romani,N. Rossi,P. Saggese,R. Saldanha,C. Salvo,W. Sands,M. Seigar,D. Semenov,M. Skorokhvatov,O. Smirnov,A. Sotnikov,S. Sukhotin,Y. Suvorov,R. Tartaglia,J. Tatarowicz,G. Testera,A. Teymourian,J. Thompson,E. Unzhakov,R. B. Vogelaar,H. Wang,S. Westerdale,M. Wojcik,A. Wright,J. Xu,C. Yang,S. Zavatarelli,M. Zehfus,W. Zhong,G. Zuzel
Physics , 2012, DOI: 10.1016/j.astropartphys.2013.08.004
Abstract: As part of the DarkSide program of direct dark matter searches using liquid argon TPCs, a prototype detector with an active volume containing 10 kg of liquid argon, DarkSide-10, was built and operated underground in the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy. A critically important parameter for such devices is the scintillation light yield, as photon statistics limits the rejection of electron-recoil backgrounds by pulse shape discrimination. We have measured the light yield of DarkSide-10 using the readily-identifiable full-absorption peaks from gamma ray sources combined with single-photoelectron calibrations using low-occupancy laser pulses. For gamma lines of energies in the range 122-1275 keV, we get consistent light yields averaging 8.887+-0.003(stat)+-0.444(sys) p.e./keVee. With additional purification, the light yield measured at 511 keV increased to 9.142+-0.006(stat) p.e./keVee.
Cosmic-muon flux and annual modulation in Borexino at 3800 m water-equivalent depth
G. Bellini,J. Benziger,D. Bick,G. Bonfini,D. Bravo,M. Buizza Avanzini,B. Caccianiga,L. Cadonati,F. Calaprice,C. Carraro,P. Cavalcante,A. Chavarria,A. Chepurnov,D. D'Angelo,S. Davini,A. Derbin,A. Etenko,F. von Feilitzsch,K. Fomenko,D. Franco,C. Galbiati,S. Gazzana,C. Ghiano,M. Giammarchi,M. Goeger-Neff,A. Goretti,L. Grandi,E. Guardincerri,C. Hagner,S. Hardy,Aldo Ianni,Andrea Ianni,D. Korablev,G. Korga,Y. Koshio,D. Kryn,M. Laubenstein,T. Lewke,E. Litvinovich,B. Loer,F. Lombardi,P. Lombardi,L. Ludhova,I. Machulin,S. Manecki,W. Maneschg,G. Manuzio,Q. Meindl,E. Meroni,L. Miramonti,M. Misiaszek,D. Montanari,P. Mosteiro,V. Muratova,L. Oberauer,M. Obolensky,F. Ortica,K. Otis,M. Pallavicini,L. Papp,L. Perasso,S. Perasso,A. Pocar,R. S. Raghavan,G. Ranucci,A. Razeto,A. Re,A. Romani,A. Sabelnikov,R. Saldanha,C. Salvo,S. Sch?nert,H. Simgen,M. Skorokhvatov,O. Smirnov,A. Sotnikov,S. Sukhotin,Y. Suvorov,R. Tartaglia,G. Testera,D. Vignaud,R. B. Vogelaar,J. Winter,M. Wojcik,A. Wright,M. Wurm,J. Xu,O. Zaimidoroga,S. Zavatarelli,G. Zuzel
Physics , 2012, DOI: 10.1088/1475-7516/2012/05/015
Abstract: We have measured the muon flux at the underground Gran Sasso National Laboratory (3800 m w.e.) to be (3.41 \pm 0.01) \times 10-4m-2s-1 using four years of Borexino data. A modulation of this signal is observed with a period of (366\pm3) days and a relative amplitude of (1.29 \pm 0.07)%. The measured phase is (179 \pm 6) days, corresponding to a maximum on the 28th of June. Using the most complete atmospheric data models available, muon rate fluctuations are shown to be positively correlated with atmospheric temperature, with an effective coefficient {\alpha}T = 0.93 \pm 0.04. This result represents the most precise study of the muon flux modulation for this site and is in good agreement with expectations.
Muon and Cosmogenic Neutron Detection in Borexino
Borexino Collaboration,G. Bellini,J. Benziger,D. Bick,S. Bonetti,M. Buizza Avanzini,B. Caccianiga,L. Cadonati,F. Calaprice,C. Carraro,A. Chavarria,A. Chepurnov,D. D'Angelo,S. Davini,A. Derbin,A. Etenko,F. von Feilitzsch,K. Fomenko,D. Franco,C. Galbiati,S. Gazzana,C. Ghiano,M. Giammarchi,M. Goeger-Neff,A. Goretti,E. Guardincerri,S. Hardy,Aldo Ianni,Andrea Ianni,M. Joyce,V. Kobychev,Y. Koshio,D. Korablev,G. Korga,D. Kryn,M. Laubenstein,C. Lendvai,T. Lewke,E. Litvinovich,B. Loer,F. Lombardi,P. Lombardi,L. Ludhova,I. Machulin,S. Manecki,W. Maneschg,G. Manuzio,Q. Meindl,E. Meroni,L. Miramonti,M. Misiaszek,D. Montanari,V. Muratova,L. Oberauer,M. Obolensky,F. Ortica,M. Pallavicini,L. Papp,L. Perasso,S. Perasso,A. Pocar,R. S. Raghavan,G. Ranucci,A. Razeto,A. Re,A. Romani,D. Rountree,A. Sabelnikov,R. Saldanha,C. Salvo,S. Sch?nert,H. Simgen,M. Skorokhvatov,O. Smirnov,A. Sotnikov,S. Sukhotin,Y. Suvorov,R. Tartaglia,G. Testera,D. Vignaud,R. B. Vogelaar,J. Winter,M. Wojcik,A. Wright,M. Wurm,J. Xu,O. Zaimidoroga,S. Zavatarelli,G. Zuzel
Physics , 2011, DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/6/05/P05005
Abstract: Borexino, a liquid scintillator detector at LNGS, is designed for the detection of neutrinos and antineutrinos from the Sun, supernovae, nuclear reactors, and the Earth. The feeble nature of these signals requires a strong suppression of backgrounds below a few MeV. Very low intrinsic radiogenic contamination of all detector components needs to be accompanied by the efficient identification of muons and of muon-induced backgrounds. Muons produce unstable nuclei by spallation processes along their trajectory through the detector whose decays can mimic the expected signals; for isotopes with half-lives longer than a few seconds, the dead time induced by a muon-related veto becomes unacceptably long, unless its application can be restricted to a sub-volume along the muon track. Consequently, not only the identification of muons with very high efficiency but also a precise reconstruction of their tracks is of primary importance for the physics program of the experiment. The Borexino inner detector is surrounded by an outer water-Cherenkov detector that plays a fundamental role in accomplishing this task. The detector design principles and their implementation are described. The strategies adopted to identify muons are reviewed and their efficiency is evaluated. The overall muon veto efficiency is found to be 99.992% or better. Ad-hoc track reconstruction algorithms developed are presented. Their performance is tested against muon events of known direction such as those from the CNGS neutrino beam, test tracks available from a dedicated External Muon Tracker and cosmic muons whose angular distribution reflects the local overburden profile. The achieved angular resolution is 3-5 deg and the lateral resolution is 35-50 cm, depending on the impact parameter of the crossing muon. The methods implemented to efficiently tag cosmogenic neutrons are also presented.
Final results of Borexino Phase-I on low energy solar neutrino spectroscopy
Borexino Collaboration,G. Bellini,J. Benziger,D. Bick,G. Bonfini,D. Bravo,M. B. Avanzini,B. Caccianiga,L. Cadonati,F. Calaprice,P. Cavalcante,A. Chavarria,A. Chepurnov,D. D'Angelo,S. Davini,A. Derbin,A. Empl,A. Etenko,K. Fomenko,D. Franco,C. Galbiati,S. Gazzana,C. Ghiano,M. Giammarchi,M. Goeger-Neff,A. Goretti,L. Grandi,C. Hagner,E. Hungerford,Aldo Ianni,Andrea Ianni,V. Kobychev,D. Korablev,G. Korga,D. Kryn,M. Laubenstein,T. Lewke,E. Litvinovich,B. Loer,F. Lombardi,P. Lombardi,L. Ludhova,G. Lukyanchenko,I. Machulin,S. Manecki,W. Maneschg,G. Manuzio,Q. Meindl,E. Meroni,L. Miramonti,M. Misiaszek,P. Mosteiro,V. Muratova,L. Oberauer,M. Obolensky,F. Ortica,K. Otis,M. Pallavicini,L. Papp,C. Pena-Garay,L. Perasso,S. Perasso,A. Pocar,G. Ranucci,A. Razeto,A. Re,A. Romani,N. Rossi,R. Saldanha,C. Salvo,S. Schoenert,H. Simgen,M. Skorokhvatov,O. Smirnov,A. Sotnikov,S. Sukhotin,Y. Suvorov,R. Tartaglia,G. Testera,D. Vignaud,R. B. Vogelaar,F. von Feilitzsch,J. Winter,M. Wojcik,A. Wright,M. Wurm,J. Xu,O. Zaimidoroga,S. Zavatarelli,G. Zuzel
Physics , 2013, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.89.112007
Abstract: Borexino has been running since May 2007 at the LNGS with the primary goal of detecting solar neutrinos. The detector, a large, unsegmented liquid scintillator calorimeter characterized by unprecedented low levels of intrinsic radioactivity, is optimized for the study of the lower energy part of the spectrum. During the Phase-I (2007-2010) Borexino first detected and then precisely measured the flux of the 7Be solar neutrinos, ruled out any significant day-night asymmetry of their interaction rate, made the first direct observation of the pep neutrinos, and set the tightest upper limit on the flux of CNO neutrinos. In this paper we discuss the signal signature and provide a comprehensive description of the backgrounds, quantify their event rates, describe the methods for their identification, selection or subtraction, and describe data analysis. Key features are an extensive in situ calibration program using radioactive sources, the detailed modeling of the detector response, the ability to define an innermost fiducial volume with extremely low background via software cuts, and the excellent pulse-shape discrimination capability of the scintillator that allows particle identification. We report a measurement of the annual modulation of the 7 Be neutrino interaction rate. The period, the amplitude, and the phase of the observed modulation are consistent with the solar origin of these events, and the absence of their annual modulation is rejected with higher than 99% C.L. The physics implications of phase-I results in the context of the neutrino oscillation physics and solar models are presented.
Solar neutrino physics with Borexino I
L. Ludhova,G. Bellini,J. Benziger,D. Bick,G. Bonfini,D. Bravo,M. Buizza Avanzini,B. Caccianiga,L. Cadonati,F. Calaprice,C. Carraro,P. Cavalcante,A. Chavarria,D. D'Angelo,S. Davini,A. Derbin,A. Etenko,K. Fomenko,D. Franco,C. Galbiati,S. Gazzana,C. Ghiano,M. Giammarchi,M. Goeger-Nef,A. Goretti,L. Grandi,E. Guardincerri,S. Hardy,Aldo Ianni,Andrea Ianni,A. Kayunov,V. Kobychev,D. Korablev,G. Korga,Y. Koshio,D. Kryn,M. Laubenstein,T. Lewke,E. Litvinovich,B. Loer,F. Lombardi,P. Lombardi,I. Machulin,S. Manecki,W. Maneschg,G. Manuzio,Q. Meindl,E. Meroni,L. Miramonti,M. Misiaszek,D. Montanari,P. Mosteiro,V. Muratova,L. Oberauer,M. Obolenksy,F. Ortica,K. Otis,M. Pallavicini,L. Papp,L. Perasso,S. Perasso,A. Pocar,R. S. Raghavan,G. Ranucci,A. Razeto,A. Re,P. A. Romani,A. Sabelnikov,R. Saldanha,C. Salvo,S. Schoenert,H. Simgen,M. Skorokhvatov,O. Smirnov,A. Sotnikov,S. Sukhotin,Y. Suvorov,R. Tartaglia,G. Testera,D. Vignaud,R. B. Vogelaar,F. Von Feilitzsch,J. Winter,M. Wojcik,A. Wright,M. Wurm,J. Xu,O. Zaimidoroga,S. Zavatarelli,G. Zuzel
Physics , 2012,
Abstract: Borexino is a large-volume liquid scintillator detector installed in the underground halls of the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy. After several years of construction, data taking started in May 2007. The Borexino phase I ended after about three years of data taking. Borexino provided the first real time measurement of the $^{7}$Be solar neutrino interaction rate with accuracy better than 5% and confirmed the absence of its day-night asymmetry with 1.4% precision. This latter Borexino results alone rejects the LOW region of solar neutrino oscillation parameters at more than 8.5 $\sigma$ C.L. Combined with the other solar neutrino data, Borexino measurements isolate the MSW-LMA solution of neutrino oscillations without assuming CPT invariance in the neutrino sector. Borexino has also directly observed solar neutrinos in the 1.0-1.5 MeV energy range, leading to the first direct evidence of the $pep$ solar neutrino signal and the strongest constraint of the CNO solar neutrino flux up to date. Borexino provided the measurement of the solar $^{8}$B neutrino rate with 3 MeV energy threshold.
Solar neutrino with Borexino: results and perspectives
O. Smirnov,G. Bellini,J. Benziger,D. Bick,G. Bonfini,D. Bravo,B. Caccianiga,F. Calaprice,A. Caminata,P. Cavalcante,A. Chavarria,A. Chepurnov,D. D'Angelo,S. Davini,A. Derbin,A. Empl,A. Etenko,K. Fomenko,D. Franco,G. Fiorentini,C. Galbiati,S. Gazzana,C. Ghiano,M. Giammarchi,M. Goeger-Neff,A. Goretti,C. Hagner,E. Hungerford,Aldo Ianni,Andrea Ianni,V. Kobychev,D. Korablev,G. Korga,D. Kryn,M. Laubenstein,B. Lehnert,T. Lewke,E. Litvinovich,F. Lombardi,P. Lombardi,L. Ludhova,G. Lukyanchenko,I. Machulin,S. Manecki,W. Maneschg,F. Mantovani,S. Marcocci,Q. Meindl,E. Meroni,M. Meyer,L. Miramonti,M. Misiaszek,P. Mosteiro,V. Muratova,L. Oberauer,M. Obolensky,F. Ortica,K. Otis,M. Pallavicini,L. Papp,L. Perasso,A. Pocar,G. Ranucci,A. Razeto,A. Re,B. Ricci,A. Romani,N. Rossi,R. Saldanha,C. Salvo,S. Schoenert,H. Simgen,M. Skorokhvatov,A. Sotnikov,S. Sukhotin,Y. Suvorov,R. Tartaglia,G. Testera,D. Vignaud,R. B. Vogelaar,F. von Feilitzsch,H. Wang,J. Winter,M. Wojcik,A. Wright,M. Wurm,O. Zaimidoroga,S. Zavatarelli,K. Zuber,G. Zuzel
Physics , 2014, DOI: 10.1134/S1063779615020185
Abstract: Borexino is a unique detector able to perform measurement of solar neutrinos fluxes in the energy region around 1 MeV or below due to its low level of radioactive background. It was constructed at the LNGS underground laboratory with a goal of solar $^{7}$Be neutrino flux measurement with 5\% precision. The goal has been successfully achieved marking the end of the first stage of the experiment. A number of other important measurements of solar neutrino fluxes have been performed during the first stage. Recently the collaboration conducted successful liquid scintillator repurification campaign aiming to reduce main contaminants in the sub-MeV energy range. With the new levels of radiopurity Borexino can improve existing and challenge a number of new measurements including: improvement of the results on the Solar and terrestrial neutrino fluxes measurements; measurement of pp and CNO solar neutrino fluxes; search for non-standard interactions of neutrino; study of the neutrino oscillations on the short baseline with an artificial neutrino source (search for sterile neutrino) in context of SOX project.
Recent Borexino results and prospects for the near future
D. D'Angelo,G. Bellini,J. Benziger,D. Bick,G. Bonfini,M. Buizza Avanzini,B. Caccianiga,L. Cadonati,F. Calaprice,P. Cavalcante,A. Chavarria,A. Chepurnov,S. Davini,A. Derbin,A. Empl,A. Etenko,F. von Feilitzsch,K. Fomenko,D. Franco,C. Galbiati,S. Gazzana,C. Ghiano,M. Giammarchi,M. Goeger-Neff,A. Goretti,L. Grandi,C. Hagner,E. Hungerford,Aldo Ianni,Andrea Ianni,V. Kobychev,D. Korablev,G. Korga,D. Kryn,M. Laubenstein,B. Lehnert,T. Lewke,E. Litvinovich,F. Lombardi,P. Lombardi,L. Ludhova,G. Lukyanchenko,I. Machulin,S. Manecki,W. Maneschg,G. Manuzio,Q. Meindl,E. Meroni,L. Miramonti,M. Misiaszek,P. Mosteiro,V. Muratova,L. Oberauer,M. Obolensky,F. Ortica,K. Otis,M. Pallavicini,L. Papp,L. Perasso,S. Perasso,A. Pocar,G. Ranucci,A. Razeto,A. Re,A. Romani,N. Rossi,R. Saldanha,C. Salvo,S. Schoenert,H. Simgen,M. Skorokhvatov,O. Smirnov,A. Sotnikov,S. Sukhotin,Y. Suvorov,R. Tartaglia,G. Testera,D. Vignaud,R. B. Vogelaar,J. Winter,M. Wojcik,A. Wright,M. Wurm,J. Xu,O. Zaimidoroga,S. Zavatarelli,K. Zuber,G. Zuzel
Physics , 2014,
Abstract: The Borexino experiment, located in the Gran Sasso National Laboratory, is an organic liquid scintillator detector conceived for the real time spectroscopy of low energy solar neutrinos. The data taking campaign phase I (2007 - 2010) has allowed the first independent measurements of 7Be, 8B and pep fluxes as well as the first measurement of anti-neutrinos from the earth. After a purification of the scintillator, Borexino is now in phase II since 2011. We review here the recent results achieved during 2013, concerning the seasonal modulation in the 7Be signal, the study of cosmogenic backgrounds and the updated measurement of geo-neutrinos. We also review the upcoming measurements from phase II data (pp, pep, CNO) and the project SOX devoted to the study of sterile neutrinos via the use of a 51Cr neutrino source and a 144Ce-144Pr antineutrino source placed in close proximity of the active material.
Measurement of geo-neutrinos from 1353 days of Borexino
G. Bellini,J. Benziger,D. Bick,G. Bonfini,D. Bravo,M. Buizza Avanzini,B. Caccianiga,L. Cadonati,F. Calaprice,P. Cavalcante,A. Chavarria,A. Chepurnov,D. D'Angelo,S. Davini,A. Derbin,A. Empl,A. Etenko,G. Fiorentini,K. Fomenko,D. Franco,C. Galbiati,S. Gazzana,C. Ghiano,M. Giammarchi,M. Goeger-Neff,A. Goretti,L. Grandi,C. Hagner,E. Hungerford,Aldo Ianni,Andrea Ianni,V. V. Kobychev,D. Korablev,G. Korga,Y. Koshio,D. Kryn,M. Laubenstein,T. Lewke,E. Litvinovich,B. Loer,P. Lombardi,F. Lombardi,L. Ludhova,G. Lukyanchenko,I. Machulin,S. Manecki,W. Maneschg,F. Mantovani,G. Manuzio,Q. Meindl,E. Meroni,L. Miramonti,M. Misiaszek,P. Mosteiro,V. Muratova,L. Oberauer,M. Obolensky,F. Ortica,K. Otis,M. Pallavicini,L. Papp,L. Perasso,S. Perasso,A. Pocar,G. Ranucci,A. Razeto,A. Re,B. Ricci,A. Romani,N. Rossi,A. Sabelnikov,R. Saldanha,C. Salvo,S. Schoenert,H. Simgen,M. Skorokhvatov,O. Smirnov,A. Sotnikov,S. Sukhotin,Y. Suvorov,R. Tartaglia,G. Testera,D. Vignaud,R. B. Vogelaar,F. von Feilitzsch,J. Winter,M. Wojcik,A. Wright,M. Wurm,J. Xu,O. Zaimidoroga,S. Zavatarelli,G. Zuzel
Physics , 2013, DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2013.04.030
Abstract: We present a measurement of the geo--neutrino signal obtained from 1353 days of data with the Borexino detector at Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy. With a fiducial exposure of (3.69 $\pm$ 0.16) $\times$ $10^{31}$ proton $\times$ year after all selection cuts and background subtraction, we detected (14.3 $\pm$ 4.4) geo-neutrino events assuming a fixed chondritic mass Th/U ratio of 3.9. This corresponds to a geo-neutrino signal $S_{geo}$ = (38.8 $\pm$ 12.0) TNU with just a 6 $\times$ $10^{-6}$ probability for a null geo-neutrino measurement. With U and Th left as free parameters in the fit, the relative signals are $S_{\mathrm{Th}}$ = (10.6 $\pm$ 12.7) TNU and $S_\mathrm{U}$ = (26.5 $\pm$ 19.5) TNU. Borexino data alone are compatible with a mantle geo--neutrino signal of (15.4 $\pm$ 12.3) TNU, while a combined analysis with the KamLAND data allows to extract a mantle signal of (14.1 $\pm$ 8.1) TNU. Our measurement of a reactor anti--neutrino signal $S_{react}$ = 84.5$^{+19.3}_{-18.9}$ TNU is in agreement with expectations in the presence of neutrino oscillations.
New limits on heavy sterile neutrino mixing in ${^{8}\rm{B}}$-decay obtained with the Borexino detector
Borexino collaboration,G. Bellini,J. Benziger,D. Bick,G. Bonfini,D. Bravo,M. Buizza Avanzini,B. Caccianiga,L. Cadonati,F. Calaprice,P. Cavalcante,A. Chavarria,A. Chepurnov,D. DAngelo,S. Davini,A. Derbin,I. Drachnev,A. Empl,A. Etenko,K. Fomenko,D. Franco,C. Galbiati,S. Gazzana,C. Ghiano,M. Giammarchi,M. Goger-Neff,A. Goretti,L. Grandi,C. Hagner,E. Hungerford,Aldo Ianni,Andrea Ianni,V. Kobychev,D. Korablev,G. Korga,D. Kryn,M. Laubenstein,T. Lewke,E. Litvinovich,B. Loer,F. Lombardi,P. Lombardi,L. Ludhova,G. Lukyanchenko,I. Machulin,S. Manecki,W. Maneschg,G. Manuzio,Q. Meindl,E. Meroni,L. Miramonti,M. Misiaszek,P. Mosteiro,V. Muratova,L. Oberauer,M. Obolensky,F. Ortica,K. Otis,M. Pallavicini,L. Papp,L. Perasso,S. Perasso,A. Pocar,G. Ranucci,A. Razeto,A. Re,A. Romani,N. Rossi,R. Saldanha,C. Salvo,S. Schonert,H. Simgen,M. Skorokhvatov,O. Smirnov,A. Sotnikov,S. Sukhotin,Y. Suvorov,R. Tartaglia,G. Testera,D. Vignaud,R. B. Vogelaar,F. von Feilitzsch,J. Winter,M. Wojcik,A. Wright,M. Wurm,J. Xu,O. Zaimidoroga,S. Zavatarelli,G. Zuzel
Physics , 2013, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.88.072010
Abstract: If heavy neutrinos with mass $m_{\nu_{H}}\geq$2$ m_e $ are produced in the Sun via the decay ${^8\rm{B}} \rightarrow {^8\rm{Be}} + e^+ + \nu_H$ in a side branch of pp-chain, they would undergo the observable decay into an electron, a positron and a light neutrino $\nu_{H}\rightarrow\nu_{L}+e^++e^-$. In the present work Borexino data are used to set a bound on the existence of such decays. We constrain the mixing of a heavy neutrino with mass 1.5 MeV $\leq m_{\nu_{H}} \le$ 14 MeV to be $|U_{eH}|^2\leq (10^{-3}-4\times10^{-6})$ respectively. These are tighter limits on the mixing parameters than obtained in previous experiments at nuclear reactors and accelerators.
Borexino calibrations: Hardware, Methods, and Results
Borexino collaboration,H. Back,G. Bellini,J. Benziger,D. Bick,G. Bonfini,D. Bravo,M. Buizza Avanzini,B. Caccianiga,L. Cadonati,F. Calaprice,C. Carraro,P. Cavalcante,A. Chavarria,D. D'Angelo,S. Davini,A. Derbin,A. Etenko,F. von Feilitzsch,G. Fernandes,K. Fomenko,D. Franco,C. Galbiati,S. Gazzana,C. Ghiano,M. Giammarchi,M. Goeger-Neff,A. Goretti,L. Grandi,E. Guardincerri,S. Hardy,Aldo Ianni,Andrea Ianni,A. Kayunov,S. Kidner,V. Kobychev,D. Korablev,G. Korga,Y. Koshio,D. Kryn,M. Laubenstein,T. Lewke,E. Litvinovich,B. Loer,F. Lombardi,P. Lombardi,L. Ludhova,I. Machulin,S. Manecki,W. Maneschg,G. Manuzio,Q. Meindl,E. Meroni,L. Miramonti,M. Misiaszek,D. Montanari,P. Mosteiro,V. Muratova,L. Oberauer,M. Obolensky,F. Ortica,K. Otis,M. Pallavicini,L. Papp,L. Perasso,S. Perasso,A. Pocar,R. S. Raghavan,G. Ranucci,A. Razeto,A. Re,A. Romani,N. Rossi,D. Rountree,A. Sabelnikov,R. Saldanha,C. Salvo,S. Schonert,H. Simgen,M. Skorokhvatov,O. Smirnov,A. Sotnikov,S. Sukhotin,Y. Suvorov,R. Tartaglia,G. Testera,D. Vignaud,R. B. Vogelaar,J. Winter,M. Wojcik,A. Wright,M. Wurm,J. Xu,O. Zaimidoroga,S. Zavatarelli,G. Zuzel
Physics , 2012, DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/7/10/P10018
Abstract: Borexino was the first experiment to detect solar neutrinos in real-time in the sub-MeV region. In order to achieve high precision in the determination of neutrino rates, the detector design includes an internal and an external calibration system. This paper describes both calibration systems and the calibration campaigns that were carried out in the period between 2008 and 2011. We discuss some of the results and show that the calibration procedures preserved the radiopurity of the scintillator. The calibrations provided a detailed understanding of the detector response and led to a significant reduction of the systematic uncertainties in the Borexino measurements.
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