Solar Neutrino Results from Super-Kamiokande

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Super-Kamiokande-IV (SK-IV) data taking began in September of 2008, after upgrading the electronics and data acquisition system. Due to these upgrades and improvements to water system dynamics, calibration and analysis techniques, a solar neutrino signal could be extracted at recoil electron kinetic energies as low as 3.5 MeV. When the SK-IV data is combined with the previous three SK phases, the SK extracted solar neutrino flux is found to be [2.37 ± 0.015(stat.) ± 0.04(syst.)] × 106/(cm2 sec). The combination of the SK recoil electron energy spectra slightly favors distortions due to a changing electron flavor content. Such distortions are predicted when assuming standard solar neutrino oscillation solutions. An extended maximum likelihood fit to the amplitude of the expected solar zenith angle variation of the neutrino-electron elastic scattering rate results in a day-night asymmetry of [-3.2 ± 1.1(stat.)±0.5(syst.)]%. A solar neutrino global oscillation analysis including all current solar neutrino data, as well as KamLAND reactor antineutrino data, measures the solar mixing angle as sin2θ12 = 0.305 ± 0.013, the solar neutrino mass squared splitting as Δm212 = 7.49-0.17+0.19 × 10-5eV2 and sin2θ13 = 0.026-0.012+0.017.




Renshaw, A. (2015). Solar Neutrino Results from Super-Kamiokande. In Physics Procedia (Vol. 61, pp. 345–354). Elsevier B.V.

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