Physics with reactor neutrinos

Xin Qian, Jen Chieh Peng

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Abstract

Neutrinos produced by nuclear reactors have played a major role in advancing our knowledge of the properties of neutrinos. The first direct detection of the neutrino, confirming its existence, was performed using reactor neutrinos. More recent experiments utilizing reactor neutrinos have also found clear evidence for neutrino oscillation, providing unique input for the determination of neutrino mass and mixing. Ongoing and future reactor neutrino experiments will explore other important issues, including the neutrino mass hierarchy and the search for sterile neutrinos and other new physics beyond the standard model. In this article, we review the recent progress in physics using reactor neutrinos and the opportunities they offer for future discoveries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number036201
JournalReports on Progress in Physics
Volume82
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 25 2019

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Keywords

  • lepton flavor
  • neutrino masses
  • neutrino mixing angles
  • neutrino oscillation
  • reactor neutrinos

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Physics with reactor neutrinos. / Qian, Xin; Peng, Jen Chieh.

In: Reports on Progress in Physics, Vol. 82, No. 3, 036201, 25.02.2019.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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