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Joint Measurement of the 235U Antineutrino Spectrum with PROSPECT and STEREO

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Author(s)

Hans Pieter Mumm, Denis E. Bergeron, Mark Tyra, Jerome LaRosa, Svetlana Nour, PROSPECT collaboration, STEREO collaboration

Abstract

The PROSPECT and STEREO collaborations present a combined measurement of the pure 235U antineutrino spectrum, with site specific corrections and effects dependent on the separate detectors removed. The spectral measurements of the two highest-precision experiments at research reactors are found to be compatible with χ2/ndf = 24.1/21, allowing a joint unfolding of the prompt energy measurements into antineutrino energy. This antineutrino energy spectrum is provided to the community, and an excess of events is found in the 5-6 MeV region. When a gaussian bump is fitted to the excess, the data-model χ2 value is reduced by 12.0 while removing 3 degrees of freedom, corresponding to a 2.4σ significance.
Citation
Physical Review Letters
Volume
128
Issue
8

Keywords

reactor antineutrino spectrum, 235U neutrino spectrum, fission daughter neutrinos

Citation

Mumm, H. , Bergeron, D. , Tyra, M. , LaRosa, J. , Nour, S. , COLLABORATION, P. and collaboration, S. (2022), Joint Measurement of the 235U Antineutrino Spectrum with PROSPECT and STEREO, Physical Review Letters, [online], https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.128.081802, https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=932829 (Accessed June 29, 2022)
Created February 22, 2022, Updated February 23, 2022