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ID: 49866.0, MPI für Kernphysik / Neutrino Physics
KamLAND, terrestrial heat sources and neutrino oscillations
Authors:Fiorentini, G.; Lasserre, T.; Lissia, M.; Ricci, B.; Schönert, Stefan
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2003-04-10
Title of Journal:Physics Letters B
Journal Abbrev.:Phys.Lett. B.
Issue / Number:1-2
Start Page:15
End Page:21
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:We comment on the first indication of geo-neutrino events from KamLAND and on the prospects for understanding Earth energetics. Practically all models of terrestrial heat production are consistent with data within the presently limited statistics, the fully radiogenic model being closer to the observed value (approximate9 geo-events). In a few years KamLAND should collect sufficient data for a clear evidence of geo-neutrinos, however discrimination among models requires a detector with the class and size of KamLAND far away from nuclear reactors. We also remark that the event ratio from thorium and uranium decay chains is well fixed N(Th)/N(U)similar, equals0.25, a constraint that can be useful for determining neutrino oscillation parameters. We show that a full spectral analysis, including this constraint, further reduces the oscillation parameter space compared to an analysis with an energy threshold Evis>2.6 MeV.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Affiliations:MPI für Kernphysik/Independent Research Group S. Schönert/Neutrino Physics
External Affiliations:Dipartimento di Fisica dell'Università di Ferrara, I-44100, Ferrara, Italy; Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Ferrara, I-44100, Ferrara, Italy; DSM/DAPNIA/SPP, CEA/Saclay, F-91191, Gif-Sur-Yvette cedex, France; Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Cagliari, I-09042, Cagliari, Italy
e Dipartimento di Fisica dell'Università di Cagliari, I-09042, Cagliari, Italy
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