First measurements in search for keV sterile neutrino in tritium beta-decay in the Troitsk nu-mass experiment

J. N. Abdurashitov, A. I. Belesev, V. G. Chernov, E. V. Geraskin, A. A. Golubev, P. V. Grigorieva, G. A. Koroteev, N. A. Likhovid, A. A. Nozik, V. S. Pantuev, V. I. Parfenov, A. K. Skasyrskaya, I. I. Tkachev, S. V. Zadorozhny

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Abstract

We present the first results of precision measurements of tritium -decay spectrum in the electron energy range 16–18.6 keV by the Troitsk nu-mass experiment. The goal is to find distortions that may be caused by the existence of heavy sterile neutrinos. A signature would correspond to a kink in the spectrum with characteristic shape and end point shifted by the value of a heavy neutrino mass. We set new upper limits to the neutrino mixing matrix element Ue4 2, which improve existing limits by a factor of 2 to 5 in the mass range of 0.1–2 keV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-757
Number of pages5
JournalJETP Letters
Volume105
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

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