Search for nonstandard neutrino interactions with IceCube DeepCore

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As atmospheric neutrinos propagate through the Earth, vacuumlike oscillations are modified by Standard Model neutral- and charged-current interactions with electrons. Theories beyond the Standard Model introduce heavy, TeV-scale bosons that can produce nonstandard neutrino interactions. These additional interactions may modify the Standard Model matter effect producing a measurable deviation from the prediction for atmospheric neutrino oscillations. The result described in this paper constrains nonstandard interaction parameters, building upon a previous analysis of atmospheric muon-neutrino disappearance with three years of IceCube DeepCore data. The best fit for the muon to tau flavor changing term is ε_μτ = -0.0005, with a 90% C.L. allowed range of -0.0067 < ε_μτ < 0.0081. This result is more restrictive than recent limits from other experiments for ε_μτ. Furthermore, our result is complementary to a recent constraint on ε_μτ using another publicly available IceCube high-energy event selection. Together, they constitute the world's best limits on nonstandard interactions in the μ-τ sector.

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Aartsen, M. G., et al. (2018): Search for Nonstandard Neutrino Interactions with IceCube DeepCore. Physical Review D, 97(7). DOI: