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Improved measurement of 8B solar neutrinos with 1.5 kt⋅y of Borexino exposure
M. Agostini et al. (Borexino Collaboration)
Phys. Rev. D 101, 062001 – Published 6 March 2020


We report on an improved measurement of the 8B solar neutrino interaction rate with the Borexino experiment at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso. Neutrinos are detected via their elastic scattering on electrons in a large volume of liquid scintillator. The measured rate of scattered electrons above 3 MeV of energy is

0.223^{+0.015}_{-0.016} (stat) ^{+0.006}_{-0.006} (syst) cpd/100 t,

which corresponds to an observed solar neutrino flux assuming no neutrino flavor conversion of

\Phi^{ES}_{^8B} = 2.57^{+0.17}_{-0.18} (stat) ^{+0.07}_{-0.07} (syst) \times 10^6 cm^{-2} s^{-1}.

This measurement exploits the active volume of the detector in almost its entirety for the first time, and takes advantage of a reduced radioactive background following the 2011 scintillator purification campaign and of novel analysis tools providing a more precise modeling of the background. Additionally, we set a new limit on the interaction rate of solar hep neutrinos, searched via their elastic scattering on electrons as well as their neutral current-mediated inelastic scattering on carbon, 12C(ν, ν′) 12C (Eγ = 15.1 MeV).


Improved measurement of 8B solar neutrinos with 1.5 kt⋅y of Borexino exposure
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