Jul 6 – 13, 2022
Bologna, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

First significant measurement of the Earth's orbital parameters with solar neutrinos in Borexino

Jul 9, 2022, 9:00 AM
Room 2 (Italia)

Room 2 (Italia)

Parallel Talk Neutrino Physics Neutrino Physics


Riccardo Biondi (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare)


Since the beginning of 2012, the Borexino collaboration has been reporting precision measurements of the solar neutrino fluxes emitted in the proton--proton chain and in the Carbon-Nitrogen-Oxygen cycle. The solar neutrino interaction rate time series exhibits the annual sinusoidal modulation due to the Earth's elliptical orbit. Other modulations could point to neutrino physics beyond the Standard Model. Using Borexino Phase-II and Phase-III data, we search for signals between one cycle/year and one cycle/day. Using a frequency analysis performed with a generalized version of Lomb-Scargle periodogram (GLS) and an unconstrained sinusoidal fit, we are sensitive to the ellipticity of the Earth's orbit at more than $5\sigma$ significance using solar neutrinos only and we exclude other significant sinusoidal signal in the Borexino time series other than the annual modulation.

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Riccardo Biondi (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare)

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