PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 390 - 40th International Conference on High Energy physics (ICHEP2020) - Parallel: Beyond the Standard Model
Nucleon decay search with DUNE
C. Alt* On behalf of the DUNE Collaboration
*corresponding author
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Grand Unification and Supersymmetry are appealing theories that offer solutions to important problems of modern physics. A key prediction of both theories is the decay of protons and bound neutrons, for which no evidence has been found yet. The dominant proton decay mode in favored supersymmetric theories is $p \rightarrow \bar{\nu} K^+$ and the predicted lifetimes range between $10^{32} - 10^{35} \, \text{years}$. In this report, a sensitivity study for $p \rightarrow \bar{\nu} K^+$ is presented for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). At an exposure of $400 \, \text{kiloton} \cdot \text{years}$, DUNE will be able to constrain the proton lifetime to $\tau / \text{Br} \left( p \rightarrow \bar{\nu} K^+ \right) > 1.3 \times 10^{34} \, \text{years}$ at $90 \, \%$ confidence level if no proton decay is observed.
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