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Searches for Sterile Neutrinos with the IceCube Detector.

  • Author(s): Aartsen, MG;
  • Abraham, K;
  • Ackermann, M;
  • Adams, J;
  • Aguilar, JA;
  • Ahlers, M;
  • Ahrens, M;
  • Altmann, D;
  • Andeen, K;
  • Anderson, T;
  • Ansseau, I;
  • Anton, G;
  • Archinger, M;
  • Argüelles, C;
  • Arlen, TC;
  • Auffenberg, J;
  • Axani, S;
  • Bai, X;
  • Barwick, SW;
  • Baum, V;
  • Bay, R;
  • Beatty, JJ;
  • Becker Tjus, J;
  • Becker, K-H;
  • BenZvi, S;
  • Berghaus, P;
  • Berley, D;
  • Bernardini, E;
  • Bernhard, A;
  • Besson, DZ;
  • Binder, G;
  • Bindig, D;
  • Blaufuss, E;
  • Blot, S;
  • Boersma, DJ;
  • Bohm, C;
  • Börner, M;
  • Bos, F;
  • Bose, D;
  • Böser, S;
  • Botner, O;
  • Braun, J;
  • Brayeur, L;
  • Bretz, H-P;
  • Burgman, A;
  • Casey, J;
  • Casier, M;
  • Cheung, E;
  • Chirkin, D;
  • Christov, A;
  • Clark, K;
  • Classen, L;
  • Coenders, S;
  • Collin, GH;
  • Conrad, JM;
  • Cowen, DF;
  • Cruz Silva, AH;
  • Daughhetee, J;
  • Davis, JC;
  • Day, M;
  • de André, JPAM;
  • De Clercq, C;
  • Del Pino Rosendo, E;
  • Dembinski, H;
  • De Ridder, S;
  • Desiati, P;
  • de Vries, KD;
  • de Wasseige, G;
  • de With, M;
  • DeYoung, T;
  • Díaz-Vélez, JC;
  • di Lorenzo, V;
  • Dujmovic, H;
  • Dumm, JP;
  • Dunkman, M;
  • Eberhardt, B;
  • Ehrhardt, T;
  • Eichmann, B;
  • Euler, S;
  • Evenson, PA;
  • Fahey, S;
  • Fazely, AR;
  • Feintzeig, J;
  • Felde, J;
  • Filimonov, K;
  • Finley, C;
  • Flis, S;
  • Fösig, C-C;
  • Fuchs, T;
  • Gaisser, TK;
  • Gaior, R;
  • Gallagher, J;
  • Gerhardt, L;
  • Ghorbani, K;
  • Giang, W;
  • Gladstone, L;
  • Glüsenkamp, T;
  • Goldschmidt, A;
  • Golup, G;
  • Gonzalez, JG;
  • Góra, D;
  • Grant, D;
  • Griffith, Z;
  • Haj Ismail, A;
  • Hallgren, A;
  • Halzen, F;
  • Hansen, E;
  • Hanson, K;
  • Hebecker, D;
  • Heereman, D;
  • Helbing, K;
  • Hellauer, R;
  • Hickford, S;
  • Hignight, J;
  • Hill, GC;
  • Hoffman, KD;
  • Hoffmann, R;
  • Holzapfel, K;
  • Homeier, A;
  • Hoshina, K;
  • Huang, F;
  • Huber, M;
  • Huelsnitz, W;
  • Hultqvist, K;
  • In, S;
  • Ishihara, A;
  • Jacobi, E;
  • Japaridze, GS;
  • Jeong, M;
  • Jero, K;
  • Jones, BJP;
  • Jurkovic, M;
  • Kappes, A;
  • Karg, T;
  • Karle, A;
  • Katz, U;
  • Kauer, M;
  • Keivani, A;
  • Kelley, JL;
  • Kheirandish, A;
  • Kim, M;
  • Kintscher, T;
  • Kiryluk, J;
  • Kittler, T;
  • Klein, SR;
  • Kohnen, G;
  • Koirala, R;
  • Kolanoski, H;
  • Köpke, L;
  • Kopper, C;
  • Kopper, S;
  • Koskinen, DJ;
  • Kowalski, M;
  • Krings, K;
  • Kroll, M;
  • Krückl, G;
  • Krüger, C;
  • Kunnen, J;
  • Kunwar, S;
  • Kurahashi, N;
  • Kuwabara, T;
  • Labare, M;
  • Lanfranchi, JL;
  • Larson, MJ;
  • Lennarz, D;
  • Lesiak-Bzdak, M;
  • Leuermann, M;
  • Lu, L;
  • Lünemann, J;
  • Madsen, J;
  • Maggi, G;
  • Mahn, KBM;
  • Mancina, S;
  • Mandelartz, M;
  • Maruyama, R;
  • Mase, K;
  • Maunu, R;
  • McNally, F;
  • Meagher, K;
  • Medici, M;
  • Meier, M;
  • Meli, A;
  • Menne, T;
  • Merino, G;
  • Meures, T;
  • Miarecki, S;
  • Middell, E;
  • Mohrmann, L;
  • Montaruli, T;
  • Moulai, M;
  • Nahnhauer, R;
  • Naumann, U;
  • Neer, G;
  • Niederhausen, H;
  • Nowicki, SC;
  • Nygren, DR;
  • Obertacke Pollmann, A;
  • Olivas, A;
  • Omairat, A;
  • O'Murchadha, A;
  • Palczewski, T;
  • Pandya, H;
  • Pankova, DV;
  • Pepper, JA;
  • Pérez de Los Heros, C;
  • Pfendner, C;
  • Pieloth, D;
  • Pinat, E;
  • Posselt, J;
  • Price, PB;
  • Przybylski, GT;
  • Quinnan, M;
  • Raab, C;
  • Rameez, M;
  • Rawlins, K;
  • Relich, M;
  • Resconi, E;
  • Rhode, W;
  • Richman, M;
  • Riedel, B;
  • Robertson, S;
  • Rott, C;
  • Ruhe, T;
  • Ryckbosch, D;
  • Rysewyk, D;
  • Sabbatini, L;
  • Salvado, J;
  • Sanchez Herrera, SE;
  • Sandrock, A;
  • Sandroos, J;
  • Sarkar, S;
  • Satalecka, K;
  • Schlunder, P;
  • Schmidt, T;
  • Schöneberg, S;
  • Schönwald, A;
  • Seckel, D;
  • Seunarine, S;
  • Soldin, D;
  • Song, M;
  • Spiczak, GM;
  • Spiering, C;
  • Stamatikos, M;
  • Stanev, T;
  • Stasik, A;
  • Steuer, A;
  • Stezelberger, T;
  • Stokstad, RG;
  • Stößl, A;
  • Ström, R;
  • Strotjohann, NL;
  • Sullivan, GW;
  • Sutherland, M;
  • Taavola, H;
  • Taboada, I;
  • Tatar, J;
  • Ter-Antonyan, S;
  • Terliuk, A;
  • Tešić, G;
  • Tilav, S;
  • Toale, PA;
  • Tobin, MN;
  • Toscano, S;
  • Tosi, D;
  • Tselengidou, M;
  • Turcati, A;
  • Unger, E;
  • Usner, M;
  • Vallecorsa, S;
  • Vandenbroucke, J;
  • van Eijndhoven, N;
  • Vanheule, S;
  • van Rossem, M;
  • van Santen, J;
  • Veenkamp, J;
  • Voge, M;
  • Vraeghe, M;
  • Walck, C;
  • Wallace, A;
  • Wandkowsky, N;
  • Weaver, Ch;
  • Wendt, C;
  • Westerhoff, S;
  • Whelan, BJ;
  • Wiebe, K;
  • Wille, L;
  • Williams, DR;
  • Wills, L;
  • Wissing, H;
  • Wolf, M;
  • Wood, TR;
  • Woolsey, E;
  • Woschnagg, K;
  • Xu, DL;
  • Xu, XW;
  • Xu, Y;
  • Yanez, JP;
  • Yodh, G;
  • Yoshida, S;
  • Zoll, M;
  • IceCube Collaboration
  • et al.
Abstract

The IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole has measured the atmospheric muon neutrino spectrum as a function of zenith angle and energy in the approximate 320 GeV to 20 TeV range, to search for the oscillation signatures of light sterile neutrinos. No evidence for anomalous ν_{μ} or ν[over ¯]_{μ} disappearance is observed in either of two independently developed analyses, each using one year of atmospheric neutrino data. New exclusion limits are placed on the parameter space of the 3+1 model, in which muon antineutrinos experience a strong Mikheyev-Smirnov-Wolfenstein-resonant oscillation. The exclusion limits extend to sin^{2}2θ_{24}≤0.02 at Δm^{2}∼0.3  eV^{2} at the 90% confidence level. The allowed region from global analysis of appearance experiments, including LSND and MiniBooNE, is excluded at approximately the 99% confidence level for the global best-fit value of |U_{e4}|^{2}.

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