Search for proton decay via p→e+π0 and p→μ+π0 in a large water cherenkov detector

H. Nishino, S. Clark, K. Abe, Y. Hayato, T. Iida, M. Ikeda, J. Kameda, K. Kobayashi, Y. Koshio, M. Miura, S. Moriyama, M. Nakahata, S. Nakayama, Y. Obayashi, H. Ogawa, H. Sekiya, M. Shiozawa, Y. Suzuki, A. Takeda, Y. TakenagaY. Takeuchi, K. Ueno, K. Ueshima, H. Watanabe, S. Yamada, S. Hazama, I. Higuchi, C. Ishihara, T. Kajita, K. Kaneyuki, G. Mitsuka, K. Okumura, N. Tanimoto, M. R. Vagins, F. Dufour, E. Kearns, M. Litos, J. L. Raaf, J. L. Stone, L. R. Sulak, W. Wang, M. Goldhaber, S. Dazeley, R. Svoboda, K. Bays, D. Casper, J. P. Cravens, W. R. Kropp, S. Mine, C. Regis, M. B. Smy, H. W. Sobel, K. S. Ganezer, J. Hill, W. E. Keig, J. S. Jang, J. Y. Kim, I. T. Lim, M. Fechner, K. Scholberg, C. W. Walter, R. Wendell, S. Tasaka, J. G. Learned, S. Matsuno, Y. Watanabe, T. Hasegawa, T. Ishida, T. Ishii, T. Kobayashi, T. Nakadaira, K. Nakamura, K. Nishikawa, Y. Oyama, K. Sakashita, T. Sekiguchi, T. Tsukamoto, A. T. Suzuki, A. Minamino, T. Nakaya, M. Yokoyama, Y. Fukuda, Y. Itow, T. Tanaka, C. K. Jung, G. Lopez, C. McGrew, R. Terri, C. Yanagisawa, N. Tamura, Y. Idehara, M. Sakuda, Y. Kuno, M. Yoshida, S. B. Kim, B. S. Yang, T. Ishizuka, H. Okazawa, Y. Choi, H. K. Seo, Y. Furuse, K. Nishijima, Y. Yokosawa, M. Koshiba, Y. Totsuka, S. Chen, Y. Heng, Z. Yang, H. Zhang, D. Kielczewska, E. Thrane, R. J. Wilkes

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Abstract

We have searched for proton decays via p→e+π0 and p→μ+π0 using data from a 91.7kt•yr exposure of Super-Kamiokande-I and a 49.2kt•yr exposure of Super-Kamiokande-II. No candidate events were observed with expected backgrounds induced by atmospheric neutrinos of 0.3 events for each decay mode. From these results, we set lower limits on the partial lifetime of 8.2×1033 and 6.6×1033 years at 90% confidence level for p→e+π0 and p→μ+π0 modes, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number141801
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume102
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 6 2009
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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