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Active-sterile neutrino conversion: Consequences for the r-process and supernova neutrino detection

  • Author(s): Fetter, J;
  • McLaughlin, GC;
  • Balantekin, AB;
  • Fuller, GM
  • et al.

We examine active-sterile neutrino conversion in the late time post-core-bounce supernova environment. By including the effect of feedback on the Mikheyev-Smirnov-Wolfenstein (MSW) conversion potential, we obtain a large range of neutrino mixing parameters which produce a favorable environment for the r-process. We look at the signature of this effect in the current generation of neutrino detectors now coming on line. We also investigate the impact of the neutrino-neutrino forward-scattering-induced potential on the MSW conversion. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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