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18-19 June 2018
Fermilab, Wilson Hall
US/Central timezone

NOvA's Short-Baseline Tau-Neutrino Appearance Search

Jun 19, 2018, 5:45 PM
One West (Fermilab, Wilson Hall)

One West

Fermilab, Wilson Hall

Oral Presentation Long Baseline Neutrino Program


Mr Rijeesh Keloth (Cochin University of Science and Technology)


The primary goal of the NOvA experiment is to perform sensitive searches for standard three-flavor neutrino oscillations. The experiment is designed to measure electron-neutrino appearance at the Far Detector using the Near Detector to control systematic uncertainties; however, the Near Detector is well suited for searching for possible anomalous short-baseline oscillations. The LSND and MiniBooNE experiments obtained hints of electron-antineutrino appearance, which does not fit the three-flavor neutrino paradigm and can be explained by the addition of a sterile neutrino at a larger mass scale than the existing three-flavor mass states. This talk will present a novel method for selecting tau neutrino interactions at the Near Detector using a convolutional neural network. Based on this method, this talk will present NOvA's sensitivity to anomalous short-baseline tau-neutrino appearance and muon neutrino disappearance due to sterile neutrino oscillations.

Primary author

Mr Rijeesh Keloth (Cochin University of Science and Technology)

Presentation Materials