PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 414 - 41st International Conference on High Energy physics (ICHEP2022) - Poster Session
Sensitivity study for proton decay via $p→e^+ π^0 π^0$ and $p→μ^+ π^0 π^0$ in the Super-Kamiokande Detector
J.W. Seo*, K. Eunhyang and  On behalf of the Super-Kamiokande Collaboration
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Pre-published on: February 02, 2023
Published on: June 15, 2023
Super-Kamiokande is a 50 ktons water Cherenkov Detector in Japan and has been operating from April 1996 thus accumulated 0.37 megaton-years exposure of data. One of the main physics topics of the Super-Kamiokande(SK) experiment is searching for proton decay to test a Grand Unified Theory. One of the three-body proton decay modes, charged lepton and two pion decay mode can be considered in a model-independent manner and its expected decay rate is 24% ~ 140% in comparison with $p→e^+ π^0$. The Super-Kamiokande detector can detect all final particles above Cherenkov thresholds and the proton mass and momentum could be reconstructed. Most of atmospheric neutrino backgrounds could be rejected in fiducial volume as 2m inside the wall of the inner detector. The aim of this analysis is to search for nucleons decaying directly to a lepton and multiple neutral pions in Super-Kamiokande. In this poster, results on sensitivity studies of the three-body proton decay using Monte Carlo, especially via $p→e^+ π^0 π^0$ and $p→μ^+ π^0 π^0$ decay modes will be presented.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.414.1027
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