PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 441 - XVIII International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics (TAUP2023) - Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics
Tau neutrino appearance measurement in ORCA 6
C.F. Lastoria*  on behalf of the KM3NeT Collaboration
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Pre-published on: February 04, 2024
Published on: March 22, 2024
KM3NeT/ORCA is a next-generation water Cherenkov neutrino telescope currently under construction in the Mediterranean Sea. By studying the oscillations of the atmospheric neutrino flux passing through the Earth, thanks to the detector geometry and its unprecedented statistics, KM3NeT/ORCA's primary physics goal is an early measurement of the neutrino mass ordering as well as the direct observation of tau neutrino appearance; the last, allowing for a test of the standard three-neutrino flavours paradigm.

Due to the detector's modular structure, neutrino oscillation analyses are already possible with a partially instrumented volume. Given that the neutrino flux composition is dominated by muon neutrinos producing a track-like topology in the detector, the tau neutrinos can be identified as an excess into the shower-like topology, and the tau appearance, quantified in terms of the neutrino tau normalization, can be performed on statistical basis. In this summary, the focus will be given to the analysis of the data collected in the KM3NeT/ORCA 6 geometry (6 Detection Units, equivalent to 5% of the final geometry); the description of a novel Random Grid Search algorithm developed to optimize the track-shower selection will be reported.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.441.0192
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