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A global analysis of the atmospheric neutrino data

By G. L. Fogli, E. Lisi, A. Marrone and G. Scioscia


The recent observations of atmospheric ν events from the Super-Kamiokande experiment are compatible with two-flavor oscillations in the νµ ↔ ντ channel (“standard” interpretation). Among the possible deviations from this standard picture, we investigate two cases: (1) Three-flavor oscillations and (2) a specific solution without oscillations (namely, neutrino decay). While the first solution appears perfectly viable, provided that the 3ν oscillations occur dominantly in the νµ ↔ ντ channel and subdominantly in the νµ ↔ νe channel, the second is shown to be incompatible with the data. The derivation of such results is based on an updated analysis, including the latest 45 kTy data sample from Super-Kamiokande. A comparison with our previous results, based on 33 kTy data, shows that the oscillation evidence is strengthened, and that the neutrino mass-mixing parameters are constrained in smaller ranges.

Year: 2011
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