Prospects for Detecting Supernova Neutrino Flavor Oscillations

  title={Prospects for Detecting Supernova Neutrino Flavor Oscillations},
  author={George M. Fuller and Wick Haxton and Gail McLaughlin},
The neutrinos from a Type II supernova provide perhaps our best opportunity to probe cosmologically interesting muon and/or tauon neutrino masses. This is because matter enhanced neutrino oscillations can lead to an anomalously hot νe spectrum, and thus to enhanced charged current cross sections in terrestrial detectors. Two recently proposed supernova neutrino observatories, OMNIS and LAND, will detect neutrons spalled from target nuclei by neutral and charged current neutrino interactions. As… CONTINUE READING