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 [1007.1150] Event Excess in the MiniBooNE Search for $\bar \nu_μ\rightarrow \bar \nu_e$ Oscillations
 Authors: The MiniBooNE Collaboration Abstract: The MiniBooNE experiment at Fermilab reports results from a search for $\bar \nu_\mu \rightarrow \bar \nu_e$ oscillations, using a data sample corresponding to $5.66 \times 10^{20}$ protons on target. An excess of $20.9 \pm 14.0$ events is observed in the energy range \$475

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Molly Swanson

Joined: 22 Jun 2009
Posts: 9
Affiliation: University College London

 Posted: November 04 2010 New MiniBooNE results now show some hints of sterile neutrinos! http://arxiv.org/abs/1007.1150 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101102185722.htm I nearly missed this due to its understated title and abstract that don't even allude to the possible cosmological significance, but this could be very interesting for cosmology if sterile neutrinos could be dark matter. In 2007 MiniBooNE announced their oscillation results from a neutrino beam were not consistent with LSND, which disfavored sterile neutrinos. But recently (well, last summer, but I am a bit behind on particle physics news, apparently) they announced results using an antineutrino beam that DO support the LSND results. Maybe there are sterile neutrinos after all? I don't think the case is rock-solid yet, but we cosmologists should definitely be paying attention to this!
Boud Roukema

Joined: 24 Feb 2005
Posts: 82
Affiliation: Torun Centre for Astronomy, University of Nicolaus Copernicus

 Posted: November 05 2010 This Nature comment prior to 1007.1150 lists several independent lines of evidence: http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100317/full/464334a.html , including WMAP7. It refers to the earlier MiniBooNE paper 0906.1997.
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