Charged-current scattering off 16O nucleus as a detection channel for supernova neutrinos

Ken'ichiro Nakazato, Toshio Suzuki, Makoto Sakuda

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Event spectra of the neutrino-16O charged-current reactions in Super-Kamiokande are evaluated for a future supernova neutrino burst. Since these channels are expected to be useful for diagnosing a neutrino spectrum with high average energy, the evaluations are performed not only for an ordinary supernova neutrino model but also for a model of neutrino emission from a black-hole-forming collapse. Using shell model results, whose excitation energies are consistent with the experimental data, the cross sections of the 16O(νe, e-)X and 16O(νe, e+)X reactions for each nuclear state with a different excitation energy are employed in this study. It is found that, owing to the components of the reaction with higher excitation energy, the event spectrum becomes 4-7 MeV softer than that in the case without considering the excitation energies. In addition, a simplified approach to evaluate the event spectra is proposed for convenience and its validity is examined.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - Sep 22 2018

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