Regular Article - Experimental Physics
Neutrino tagging: a new tool for accelerator based neutrino experiments
Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS/IN2P3, CPPM, Marseille, France
Accepted: 2 May 2022
Published online: 20 May 2022
This article describes a new experimental method for accelerator based neutrino experiments called neutrino tagging. The method consists in exploiting the neutrino production mechanism, the decay, to kinematically reconstruct the neutrino properties from the decay incoming and outgoing charged particles. The reconstruction of these particles relies on the recent progress and on-going developments in silicon particle detector technology. A detailed description of the method and achievable key performances is presented, together with its potential benefits for short and long baseline experiments. Then, a novel configuration for long baseline experiments is discussed in which a tagged beam would be employed together with mega-ton scale natural deep water Cherenkov detectors. The coarseness of this type of detectors is overcome by the precision of the tagging and, conversely, the rate limitation imposed by the tagging is outweighed by the size of the detector. These mutual benefits result in an affordable design for next generations of long baseline experiments. The physics potential of such experiments is quantified using the Protvino to KM3NeT/ORCA setup as a case study for which an unprecedented sensitivity to the leptonic CP violation could be achieved.
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