Event-by-event direction reconstruction of solar neutrinos in a high light-yield liquid scintillator

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Abstract

The direction of individual B8 solar neutrinos has been reconstructed using the SNO+ liquid scintillator detector. Prompt, directional Cherenkov light was separated from the slower, isotropic scintillation light using time information, and a maximum likelihood method was used to reconstruct the direction of individual scattered electrons. A clear directional signal was observed, correlated with the solar angle. The observation was aided by a period of low primary fluor concentration that resulted in a slower scintillator decay time. This is the first time that event-by-event direction reconstruction in high light-yield liquid scintillator has been demonstrated in a large-scale detector.

Original languageEnglish
Article number072002
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume109
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2024

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