Independent Measurement of θ13 via Neutron Capture on Hydrogen at Daya Bay
Kebwaro, Jeremiah Monari
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A new measurement of the θ13 mixing angle has been obtained at the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment via the detection of inverse beta decays tagged by neutron capture on hydrogen. The antineutrino events for hydrogen capture are distinct from those for gadolinium capture with largely diﬀerent systematic uncertainties, allowing a determination independent of the gadolinium-capture result and an improvement on the precision of θ13 measurement. With a 217-day antineutrino data set obtained with six antineutrino detectors and from six 2.9 GWth reactors, the rate deﬁcit observed at the far hall is interpreted as sin2 2θ13 =0.083 ± 0.018 in the three-ﬂavor oscillation model. When combined with the gadolinium-capture result from Daya Bay, we obtain sin2 2θ13=0.089 ± 0.008 as the ﬁnal result for the six-antineutrino-detector conﬁguration of the Daya Bay experiment.