Final NOMAD results on νμ→ντ and νe→ντ oscillations including a new search for ντ appearance using hadronic τ decays

P. Astier, D. Autiero, A. Baldisseri, M. Baldo-Ceolin, M. Banner, G. Bassompierre, K. Benslama, N. Besson, I. Bird, B. Blumenfeld, F. Bobisut, J. Bouchez, S. Boyd, A. Bueno, S. Bunyatov, L. Camilleri, A. Cardini, P. W. Cattaneo, V. Cavasinni, A. Cervera-VillanuevaA. Chukanov, G. Collazuol, G. Conforto, C. Conta, M. Contalbrigo, R. Cousins, D. Daniels, H. Degaudenzi, T. del Prete, A. de Santo, T. Dignan, L. di Lella, E. do Couto e Silva, J. Dumarchez, M. Ellis, G. J. Feldman, R. Ferrari, D. Ferrère, V. Flaminio, M. Fraternali, J. M. Gaillard, E. Gangler, A. Geiser, D. Geppert, D. Gibin, S. Gninenko, A. Godley, J. J. Gomez-Cadenas, J. Gosset, C. Gößling, M. Gouanère, A. Grant, G. Graziani, A. Guglielmi, C. Hagner, J. Hernando, D. Hubbard, P. Hurst, N. Hyett, E. Iacopini, C. Joseph, F. Juget, M. Kirsanov, O. Klimov, J. Kokkonen, A. Kovzelev, A. Krasnoperov, D. Kustov, V. E. Kuznetsov, S. Lacaprara, C. Lachaud, B. Lakic, A. Lanza, L. la Rotonda, M. Laveder, A. Letessier-Selvon, J. M. Levy, L. Linssen, A. Ljubičić, J. Long, A. Lupi, A. Marchionni, F. Martelli, X. Méchain, J. P. Mendiburu, J. P. Meyer, M. Mezzetto, S. R. Mishra, G. F. Moorhead, D. Naumov, P. Nédélec, Yu Nefedov, C. Nguyen-Mau, D. Orestano, F. Pastore, L. S. Peak, E. Pennacchio, H. Pessard, R. Petti, A. Placci, G. Polesello, D. Pollmann, A. Polyarush, B. Popov, C. Poulsen, J. Rico, P. Riemann, C. Roda, A. Rubbia, F. Salvatore, K. Schahmaneche, B. Schmidt, T. Schmidt, A. Sconza, M. Sevior, D. Sillou, F. J.P. Soler, G. Sozzi, D. Steele, U. Stiegler, M. Stipčević, T. Stolarczyk, M. Tareb-Reyes, G. N. Taylor, V. Tereshchenko, A. Toropin, A. M. Touchard, S. N. Tovey, M. T. Tran, E. Tsesmelis, J. Ulrichs, L. Vacavant, M. Valdata-Nappi, V. Valuev, F. Vannucci, K. E. Varvell, M. Veltri, V. Vercesi, G. Vidal-Sitjes, J. M. Vieira, T. Vinogradova, F. V. Weber, T. Weisse, F. F. Wilson, L. J. Winton, B. D. Yabsley, H. Zaccone, K. Zuber, P. Zuccon

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Abstract

Results from the ντ appearance search in a neutrino beam using the full NOMAD data sample are reported. A new analysis unifies all the hadronic τ decays, significantly improving the overall sensitivity of the experiment to oscillations. The "blind analysis" of all topologies yields no evidence for an oscillation signal. In the two-family oscillation scenario, this sets a 90% CL allowed region in the sin2μτ-Δm2 plane which includes sin2μτ<3.3×10-4 at large Δm2 and Δm2< 0.7 eV2/c4 at sin2μτ=1. The corresponding contour in the νe→ντ oscillation hypothesis results in sin2<1.5×10-2 at large Δm2 and Δm2<5.9 eV2/c4 at sin2=1. We also derive limits on effective couplings of the τ lepton to νμ or νe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-39
Number of pages37
JournalNuclear Physics B
Volume611
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 17 2001

Keywords

  • Appearance
  • Neutrino mass
  • Neutrino oscillations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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    Astier, P., Autiero, D., Baldisseri, A., Baldo-Ceolin, M., Banner, M., Bassompierre, G., Benslama, K., Besson, N., Bird, I., Blumenfeld, B., Bobisut, F., Bouchez, J., Boyd, S., Bueno, A., Bunyatov, S., Camilleri, L., Cardini, A., Cattaneo, P. W., Cavasinni, V., ... Zuccon, P. (2001). Final NOMAD results on νμ→ντ and νe→ντ oscillations including a new search for ντ appearance using hadronic τ decays. Nuclear Physics B, 611(1-3), 3-39. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0550-3213(01)00339-X