Search for electron antineutrino interactions with the Borexino Counting Test Facility at Gran Sasso
The European Physical Journal C – Particles and Fields volume 47, pages21–30 (2006)
Published: doi:10.1140/epjc/s2006-02560-4 (local copy)
Electron antineutrino interactions above the inverse beta decay energy of protons (Eν̄e>1.8 MeV) were looked for with the Borexino counting test facility (CTF). One candidate event survived after rejection of background, which included muon-induced neutrons and random coincidences. An upper limit on the solar ν̄e flux, assumed having the 8B solar neutrino energy spectrum, of 1.1×105 cm-2 s-1 (90% C.L.) was set with a 7.8 ton × year exposure. This upper limit corresponds to a solar neutrino transition probability, νe→ν̄e, of 0.02 (90% C.L.). Predictions for antineutrino detection with Borexino, including geoneutrinos, are discussed on the basis of background measurements performed with the CTF.