The next generation of water Cherenkov neu- trino telescopes in the Mediterranean Sea are under con- struction offshore France (KM3NeT/ORCA) and Sicily (KM3NeT/ARCA). The KM3NeT/ORCA detector features an energy detection threshold which allows to collect atmo- spheric neutrinos to study flavour oscillation. This paper reports the KM3NeT/ORCA sensitivity to this phenomenon. The event reconstruction, selection and classification are described. The sensitivity to determine the neutrino mass ordering was evaluated and found to be 4.4σ if the true order- ing is normal and 2.3σ if inverted, after 3 years of data taking. The precision to measure Δm 232 and θ 23 were also estimated and found to be 85.10^−6 eV^2 and ( +1.9 −3.1 ) for normal neutrino mass ordering and, 75.10^-6 eV^2 and ( +2.0 −7.0 ) for inverted ordering. Finally, a unitarity test of the leptonic mixing matrix by measuring the rate of tau neutrinos is described. Three years of data taking were found to be sufficient to exclude ν τ event rate variations larger than 20% at 3σ level.

Determining the neutrino mass ordering and oscillation parameters with KM3NeT/ORCA

Bozza, C.
Membro del Collaboration Group
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Fusco, L. A.;Grella, G.
Conceptualization
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Stellacci, S. M.
Membro del Collaboration Group
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2022

Abstract

The next generation of water Cherenkov neu- trino telescopes in the Mediterranean Sea are under con- struction offshore France (KM3NeT/ORCA) and Sicily (KM3NeT/ARCA). The KM3NeT/ORCA detector features an energy detection threshold which allows to collect atmo- spheric neutrinos to study flavour oscillation. This paper reports the KM3NeT/ORCA sensitivity to this phenomenon. The event reconstruction, selection and classification are described. The sensitivity to determine the neutrino mass ordering was evaluated and found to be 4.4σ if the true order- ing is normal and 2.3σ if inverted, after 3 years of data taking. The precision to measure Δm 232 and θ 23 were also estimated and found to be 85.10^−6 eV^2 and ( +1.9 −3.1 ) for normal neutrino mass ordering and, 75.10^-6 eV^2 and ( +2.0 −7.0 ) for inverted ordering. Finally, a unitarity test of the leptonic mixing matrix by measuring the rate of tau neutrinos is described. Three years of data taking were found to be sufficient to exclude ν τ event rate variations larger than 20% at 3σ level.
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