KamLAND, terrestrial heat sources and neutrino oscillations

G. Fiorentini, T. Lasserre, M. Lissia, B. Ricci, S. Schönert

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We comment on the first indication of geo-neutrino events from KamLAND and on the prospects for understanding Earth energetics. Practically all models of terrestrial heat production are consistent with data within the presently limited statistics, the fully radiogenic model being closer to the observed value (≈ 9 geo-events). In a few years KamLAND should collect sufficient data for a clear evidence of geo-neutrinos, however discrimination among models requires a detector with the class and size of KamLAND far away from nuclear reactors. We also remark that the event ratio from thorium and uranium decay chains is well fixed N(Th)/N(U) ≃ 0.25, a constraint that can be useful for determining neutrino oscillation parameters. We show that a full spectral analysis, including this constraint, further reduces the oscillation parameter space compared to an analysis with an energy threshold Evis > 2.6 MeV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-21
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 10 Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes


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