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Paper   IPM / Particles / 13019
School of Particles and Accelerator
  Title:   Probing light sterile neutrinos in medium baseline reactor experiments
  Author(s): 
1.  Arman Esmaili
2.  Ernesto Kemp
3.  O. L. G. Peres
4.  Zahra Tabrizi
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Phys. Rev. D
  No.:  073012
  Vol.:  88
  Year:  2013
  Supported by:  IPM
  Abstract:
Medium baseline reactor experiments (Double Chooz, Daya Bay and RENO) provide a unique opportunity to test the presence of light sterile neutrinos. We analyze the data of these experiments in the search of sterile neutrinos and also test the robustness of theta_13 determination in the presence of sterile neutrinos. We show that existence of a light sterile neutrino state improves the fit to these data moderately. We also show that the measured value of theta_13 by these experiments is reliable even in the presence of sterile neutrinos, and the reliability owes significantly to the Daya Bay and RENO data. From the combined analysis of the data of these experiments we constrain the mixing of a sterile neutrino with mass squared difference in the range of (10^-3-10^-1) eV^2 to sin^2 2 theta_14 <0.1 at 95

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