Search for heavy neutral lepton production in K+ decays

E. Cortina Gil, E. Minucci, S. Padolski, P. Petrov, B. Velghe, G. Georgiev, V. Kozhuharov, L. Litov, T. Numao, D. Bryman, J. Fu, T. Husek, K. Kampf, M. Zamkovsky, R. Aliberti, G. Khoriauli, J. Kunze, D. Lomidze, R. Marchevski, L. PeruzzoM. Vormstein, R. Wanke, P. Dalpiaz, M. Fiorini, E. Gamberini, I. Neri, A. Norton, F. Petrucci, H. Wahl, A. Cotta Ramusino, A. Gianoli, E. Iacopini, G. Latino, M. Lenti, A. Bizzeti, F. Bucci, R. Volpe, A. Antonelli, F. Gonnella, G. Lamanna, G. Lanfranchi, G. Mannocchi, S. Martellotti, M. Moulson, M. Raggi, T. Spadaro, F. Ambrosino, H. Heath, R. Page, S. Trilov, The NA62 Collaboration

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Abstract

A search for heavy neutral lepton production in K+ decays using a data sample collected with a minimum bias trigger by the NA62 experiment at CERN in 2015 is reported. Upper limits at the 10−7 to 10−6 level are established on the elements of the extended neutrino mixing matrix |Ue4|2 and |Uμ4|2 for heavy neutral lepton mass in the ranges 170–448 MeV/c2 and 250–373 MeV/c2, respectively. This improves on the previous limits from HNL production searches over the whole mass range considered for |Ue4|2, and above 300 MeV/c2 for |Uμ4|2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-145
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics Letters B
Volume778
Early online date28 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2018

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Cortina Gil, E., Minucci, E., Padolski, S., Petrov, P., Velghe, B., Georgiev, G., Kozhuharov, V., Litov, L., Numao, T., Bryman, D., Fu, J., Husek, T., Kampf, K., Zamkovsky, M., Aliberti, R., Khoriauli, G., Kunze, J., Lomidze, D., Marchevski, R., ... The NA62 Collaboration (2018). Search for heavy neutral lepton production in K+ decays. Physics Letters B, 778, 137-145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2018.01.031