Generalized Lomb-Scargle analysis of decay rate measurements at PTB and BNL

Dhaygude, Akanksha and Desai, Shantanu (2019) Generalized Lomb-Scargle analysis of decay rate measurements at PTB and BNL.


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Recently Pomme et al [1] did an analysis of 36Cl radioactive decay data from measurements at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), in order to verify the claims by Sturrock and collaborators of an influence on beta-decay rates measured at Brookehaven National Lab (BNL) due to the rotation-induced modulation of the solar neutrino flux. Their analysis excluded any sinusoidal modulations in the frequency range from 0.2-20/year. We carry out an independent analysis of the same PTB and BNL data using the generalized Lomb-Scargle periodogram, to look for any statistically significant peaks in the range from 0 to 14 per year, and by evaluating the significance of every peak using multiple methods. Our results for the PTB data are in agreement with those by Pomme et al. For BNL data, we do find peaks at some of the same frequencies as Sturrock et al, but the significance is much lower. All our analysis codes and datasets have been made publicly available.

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Desai, Shantanu
Item Type: Article
Subjects: Physics
Divisions: Department of Physics
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2019 06:46
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