Measurement of the cosmic ray and neutrino-induced muon flux at the Sudbury neutrino observatory

Aharmim, B, Peeters, S J M and SNO Collaboration, (2009) Measurement of the cosmic ray and neutrino-induced muon flux at the Sudbury neutrino observatory. Physical Review D, 80 (1). ISSN 1050-2947

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Abstract

Results are reported on the measurement of the atmospheric neutrino-induced muon flux at a depth of 2 kilometers below the Earth¿s surface from 1229 days of operation of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO). By measuring the flux of through-going muons as a function of zenith angle, the SNO experiment can distinguish between the oscillated and unoscillated portion of the neutrino flux. A total of 514 muonlike events are measured between -1=cos¿¿zenith=0.4 in a total exposure of 2.30×1014¿¿cm2¿s. The measured flux normalization is 1.22±0.09 times the Bartol three-dimensional flux prediction. This is the first measurement of the neutrino-induced flux where neutrino oscillations are minimized. The zenith distribution is consistent with previously measured atmospheric neutrino oscillation parameters. The cosmic ray muon flux at SNO with zenith angle cos¿¿zenith>0.4 is measured to be (3.31±0.01(stat)±0.09(sys))×10-10¿¿µ/s/cm2.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Depositing User: Simon Peeters
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:19
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 23:48
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20104

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