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Title:Precise measurement of mixing parameters and sterile neutrino search at Daya Bay
Author(s):Huang, En-Chuan
Director of Research:Peng, Jen-Chieh
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Yang, Liang
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Fields, Brian D.; Errede, Steven M.
Department / Program:Physics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Daya Bay
neutrino oscillation
Abstract:Neutrino oscillation with three active neutrinos has been well established by experiments. However, θ_13 was the least known mixing angle before the Daya Bay reactor neutrino experiment. The Daya Bay experiment uses relative measurement with eight identically-designed antineutrino detectors (ADs) located in two near sites, each with two ADs, and one far site with four ADs. In 2012, Daya Bay first observed the non-zero value of (sin^2)2θ_13 at a > 5σ significance with the initial six ADs. In the summer of 2012, the last two ADs were installed to complete the full configuration. In this thesis, the data set of 217 days of 6-AD data and 404 days of 8-AD data were analyzed. The reactor electron antineutrinos ν_e were observed via the inverse beta decay reaction, v_e + p → (e^+) + n. The v_e events were selected by the delayed coincidence between the (e^+) signal and the neutron capture occurring on average 30 μs later. The data quality was carefully checked. A (Χ^2) analysis was constructed with nuisance parameters to consider the detector-related and the background uncertainties and a covariance matrix to encapsulate the reactor uncertainties. This analysis found (sin^2)θ2_13 =0.083 ± 0.0047 and Δ[(m^2)_32] = (2.43 ± 0.10) x (10^-3) e(V^2), assuming normal mass hierarchy. Furthermore, a search for the sterile neutrinos, neutrinos that do not interact weakly with matter, was conducted. A combined analysis with the Bugey and MINOS experiments was performed, and the result was directly compared with the allowed regions set by the LSND and MiniBooNE experiments.
Issue Date:2016-05-25
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 En-Chuan Huang
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-11-10
Date Deposited:2016-08

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