pp solar neutrinos at DARWIN

André De Gouvêa, Emma Mcginness, Ivan Martinez-Soler, Yuber F. Perez-Gonzalez

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The DARWIN collaboration recently argued that DARWIN (dark matter wimp search with liquid xenon) can collect, via neutrino-electron scattering, a large, useful sample of solar pp-neutrinos, and measure their survival probability with subpercent precision. We explore the physics potential of such a sample in more detail. We estimate that, with 300 ton-years of data, DARWIN can also measure, with the help of current solar neutrino data, the value of sin2θ13, with the potential to exclude sin2θ13=0 close to the three-sigma level. We explore in some detail how well DARWIN can constrain the existence of a new neutrino mass-eigenstate ν4 that is quasimass-degenerate with ν1 and find that DARWIN's sensitivity supersedes that of all current and near-future searches for new, very light neutrinos. In particular, DARWIN can test the hypothesis that ν1 is a pseudo-Dirac fermion as long as the induced mass-squared difference is larger than 10-13 eV2, one order of magnitude more sensitive than existing constraints. Throughout, we allowed for the hypotheses that DARWIN is filled with natural xenon or Xe136-depleted xenon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number096017
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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