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Search for Sterile Neutrinos with the MINOS Long-Baseline Experiment


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Ashley Michael Timmons
    Pages 1-23
  3. Ashley Michael Timmons
    Pages 25-45
  4. Ashley Michael Timmons
    Pages 47-64
  5. Ashley Michael Timmons
    Pages 65-78
  6. Ashley Michael Timmons
    Pages 79-96
  7. Ashley Michael Timmons
    Pages 97-120
  8. Ashley Michael Timmons
    Pages 121-134
  9. Ashley Michael Timmons
    Pages 135-152
  10. Ashley Michael Timmons
    Pages 153-155
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 157-162

About this book


This thesis highlights data from MINOS, a long-baseline accelerator neutrino experiment, and details one of the most sensitive searches for the sterile neutrino ever made. Further, it presents a new analysis paradigm to enable this measurement and a comprehensive study of the myriad systematic uncertainties involved in a search for a few-percent effect, while also rigorously investigating the statistical interpretation of the findings in the context of a sterile neutrino model. 

Among the scientific community, this analysis was quickly recognized as a foundational measurement in light of which all previous evidence for the sterile neutrino must now be (re)interpreted. The existence of sterile neutrinos has long been one of the key questions in the field. Not only are they a central component in many theories of new physics, but a number of past experiments have yielded results consistent with their existence. Nonetheless, they remain controversial: the interpretation of the data showing evidence for these sterile neutrinos is hotly debated.


Sterile Neutrinos Neutrino Oscillations MINOS Long-Baseline Experiment Muon Neutrino Disappearance Fermilab Feldman-Cousins Mixing Angles Neutrino Mass Splitting

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom

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