If heavy neutrinos with mass mνH≥2me are produced in the Sun via the decay B8→Be8 + e+ + νH in a side branch of the pp chain, they would undergo the observable decay into an electron, a positron and a light neutrino νH→νL+e+ +e−. In the present work Borexino data are used to set a bound on the existence of such decays. We constrain the mixing of a heavy neutrino with mass 1.5  MeV≤mνH≤14  MeV to be |UeH|2≤(10−3−4×10−6), respectively. These are tighter limits on the mixing parameters than obtained in previous experiments at nuclear reactors and accelerators.

New limits on heavy sterile neutrino mixing in ^{8}B decay obtained with the Borexino detector

ORTICA, Fausto;ROMANI, Aldo;
2013

Abstract

If heavy neutrinos with mass mνH≥2me are produced in the Sun via the decay B8→Be8 + e+ + νH in a side branch of the pp chain, they would undergo the observable decay into an electron, a positron and a light neutrino νH→νL+e+ +e−. In the present work Borexino data are used to set a bound on the existence of such decays. We constrain the mixing of a heavy neutrino with mass 1.5  MeV≤mνH≤14  MeV to be |UeH|2≤(10−3−4×10−6), respectively. These are tighter limits on the mixing parameters than obtained in previous experiments at nuclear reactors and accelerators.
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