A High statistics search for muon-neutrino (anti-muon-neutrino) --> electron-neutrino (anti-electron-neutrino) oscillations in the small mixing angle regime

The CCFR/NuTeV collaboration Romosan, A. ; Arroyo, C.G. ; de Barbaro, L. ; et al.
Phys.Rev.Lett. 78 (1997) 2912-2915, 1997.
Inspire Record 426120 DOI 10.17182/hepdata.41667

Limits on $\nu_\mu (\overline{\nu}_\mu) \to \nu_e (\overline{\nu}_e)$ oscillations based on a statistical separation of $\nu_e N$ charged current interactions in the CCFR detector at Fermilab are presented. $\nu_e$ interactions are identified by the difference in the longitudinal shower energy deposition pattern of $\nu_e N \rightarrow eX$ versus $\nu_\mu N \to \nu_\mu X$ interactions. Neutrino energies range from 30 to 600 GeV with a mean of 140 GeV, and $\nu_\mu$ flight lengths vary from 0.9 km to 1.4 km. The lowest 90% confidence upper limit in $sin^2 2\alpha$ of $1.1 \times 10^{-3}$ is obtained at $\Delta m^2 \sim 300 eV^2$. For $sin^2 2\alpha = 1$, $\Delta m^2 > 1.6 eV^2$ is excluded, and for $\Delta m^2 \gg 1000 eV^2$, $sin^2 2\alpha > 1.8 \times 10^{-3}$ is excluded. This result is the most stringent limit to date for $\Delta m^2 > 25 eV^2$ and it excludes the high $\Delta m^2$ oscillation region favoured by the LSND experiment. The $\nu_\mu$-to-$\nu_e$ cross-section ratio was measured as a test of $\nu_\mu (\bar\nu_\mu) \leftrightarrow \nu_e (\bar\nu_e)$ universality to be $1.026 \pm 0.055$.

2 data tables

ALPHA is the neutrino mixing angle. The result for SIN(ALPHA)**2 from the fit at each Delta(M)**2 for NUMU -->NUE oscillations. The 90% CL upper limit is equal to the best fit SIN(ALPHA)**2 + 1.2*SIGMA.

No description provided.