Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1307.3299 (Amir N. Khan et al.)

More than One Way to Find the Neutrino Mixing Angle Theta13 from Reactor

Amir N. Khan, Douglas W. McKay, John P. Ralston
We show that the analysis methods used in recent work of the Daya Bay and RENO collaborations are relatively insensitive to the physical variables and have been evaluated with non-standard measures of significance. The main features of the methods consist of variationally fitting many more parameters than data points. We find evidence that over-parameterization of data fits actually degrades the experimental determination of sin^2(2theta13). Simpler, more transparent methods can improve its extraction from the data, fully exploiting the greatly improved systematic errors, made possible by the multiple detectors and superb hardware construction of these experiments.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.3299

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