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Session 19 - The Sun.
Oral session, Monday, June 08

[19.03] Searching for the MSW Solar Neutrino Oscillation Enhancement Using the Earth

J. M. Gelb, W. Kwong (U. Texas at Arlington), S. P. Rosen (Dept. of Energy)

We point out that the length scale associated with the MSW effect is the radius of the Earth. Therefore to verify matter enhancement of neutrino oscillations, it will be necessary to study neutrinos passing through the Earth. For the parameters of MSW solutions to the solar neutrino problem, the only detectable effects occur in a narrow band of energies from 5 to 10 MeV. We propose that serious consideration be given to mounting an experiment at a location within 9.5 degrees of the equator.

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