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The XXX International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics (Neutrino 2022)

30 May 2022 to 4 June 2022
Virtual Seoul
Asia/Seoul timezone

Electron Neutrino - Oxygen Interactions with Low Energy Atmospheric Neutrinos in Super-Kamiokande

Not scheduled
5m
Virtual Seoul

Virtual Seoul

Poster Neutrino interactions

Speaker

Baran Bodur (Duke University)

Description

Charged-current scattering of $\nu_{e} \;$ below 100 MeV from ${}^{16}\textrm{O}$ nucleus is not yet measured. This interaction is a $\nu_{e} \;$ detection channel for water Cherenkov detectors in case of a supernova burst. Furthermore, in Super-Kamiokande diffuse supernova neutrino background (DSNB) is being searched with the inverse beta decay process and $\nu_{e} \;$ - ${}^{16}\textrm{O}$ interactions from atmospheric neutrinos are a background to this search. Finally, atmospheric neutrinos at this energy range will be a background for the future WIMP dark matter searches via coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering and $\nu_{e} \;$ - ${}^{16}\textrm{O}$ interactions are a way to probe the atmospheric $\nu_{e} \;$ flux at low energies to better estimate this background. A study for the first observation of this interaction from atmospheric $\nu_{e} \;$ with 20 years of Super-Kamiokande data is currently underway, with the goal of measuring atmospheric $\nu_{e} \;$ flux weighted cross section below 100 MeV. For this purpose, a custom event generator that can accurately simulate products of $\nu_{e} \;$ - ${}^{16}\textrm{O}$ and $\bar{\nu}_{e} \;$ - ${}^{16}\textrm{O}$ interactions has been built. Based on the output of this event generator and detector simulations, visible energy distributions and probability of gamma and neutron emissions in Super-Kamiokande for $\nu_{e} \;$ - ${}^{16}\textrm{O}$ and background interactions are obtained. Currently statistical methods to use this information to extract number of $\nu_{e} \;$ - ${}^{16}\textrm{O}$ events in the Super-Kamiokande data are being studied. In this poster, both the event generator and the current status of the analysis will be discussed.

Collaboration Super-Kamiokande Collaboration

Primary authors

Baran Bodur (Duke University) Prof. Kate Scholberg (Duke University)

Presentation Materials

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