The DUNE experiment could lead to new discoveries about solar neutrinos

phys.org | 7/16/2019 | Staff
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A figure summarising the main result of the researchers' calculation. Left: The axes of this plot refer to the oscillation parameters relevant for solar neutrino oscillations. The entire colored region represent where the real values of these parameters must be according to current solar neutrino experiments. The black dot at the bottom of the red region is the "best fit", which is basically the best estimate of the real values. The white ellipses, labelled with "Reactor KamLAND", have the same meaning of the colored regions, but they refer to measurements done with reactor neutrinos. You can see that reactor and solar neutrinos are measuring two different values of the oscillation parameters. To be more precise, the colored regions and the white ellipses are overlapping, which means that the disagreement is only partial. This situation has lasted for several years. Credit: Capozzi et al.

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is an international research collaboration aimed at exploring topics related to neutrinos and proton decay, which should start collecting data around 2025. In a recent study featured in Physical Review Letters, a team of researchers at Ohio State University have showed that DUNE has the potential to deliver groundbreaking results and insight about solar neutrinos.

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Neutrino astronomy is a field that studies the different types of neutrinos. Research in this field, such as the recent study carried out by the team at Ohio State University, has increased dramatically over the past few decades.

"As far as we know, neutrinos are elementary particles, meaning that they are not composed by 'smaller pieces,'" Francesco Capozzi, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org. "These particles do not possess any electric charge so they cannot interact electromagnetically via the force that keeps electrons and protons together in an atom."

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