Physics reach of a low threshold scintillating argon bubble chamber in coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering reactor experiments

(CEνNS Theory Group at IF-UNAM)

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Abstract

The physics reach of a low threshold (100 eV) scintillating argon bubble chamber sensitive to coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering (CEνNS) from reactor neutrinos is studied. The sensitivity to the weak mixing angle, neutrino magnetic moment, and a light Z′ gauge boson mediator are analyzed. A Monte Carlo simulation of the backgrounds is performed to assess their contribution to the signal. The analysis shows that world-leading sensitivities are achieved with a one-year exposure for a 10 kg chamber at 3 m from a 1 MWth research reactor or a 100 kg chamber at 30 m from a 2000 MWth power reactor. Such a detector has the potential to become the leading technology to study CEνNS using nuclear reactors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL091301
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume103
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 4 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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