Regular Article - Experimental Physics
The sensitivity of the ICAL detector at India-based Neutrino Observatory to neutrino oscillation parameters
Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi, 110007, India
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Accepted: 9 March 2015
Published online: 21 April 2015
The India-based Neutrino Observatory will host a 50 kt magnetized iron calorimeter (ICAL) detector that will be able to detect muon tracks and hadron showers produced by charged-current muon neutrino interactions in the detector. The ICAL experiment will be able to determine the precision of atmospheric neutrino mixing parameters and neutrino mass hierarchy using atmospheric muon neutrinos through the earth matter effect. In this paper, we report on the sensitivity for the atmospheric neutrino mixing parameters ( and ) and octant sensitivity for the ICAL detector using the reconstructed neutrino energy and muon direction as observables. We apply realistic resolutions and efficiencies obtained by the ICAL collaboration with a GEANT4-based simulation to reconstruct neutrino energy and muon direction. Our study shows that using neutrino energy and muon direction as observables for a analysis, the ICAL detector can measure and with 13 % and 4 % uncertainties at 1 confidence level and can rule out the wrong octant of with 2 confidence level for 10 years of exposure.
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