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Title: Single neutral pion production by charged-current $$\bar{\nu}_\mu$$ interactions on hydrocarbon at $$\langle E_\nu \rangle = $$3.6 GeV

Abstract

We studied single neutral pion production via muon antineutrino charged-current interactions in plastic scintillator (CH) using the MINERvA detector exposed to the NuMI low-energy, wideband antineutrino beam at Fermilab. Measurement of this process constrains models of neutral pion production in nuclei, which is important because the neutral-current analog is a background for appearance oscillation experiments. Furthermore, the differential cross sections for π 0 momentum and production angle, for events with a single observed π 0 and no charged pions, are presented and compared to model predictions. These results comprise the first measurement of the π 0 kinematics for this process.

Authors:
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  1. State Univ. of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ (United States)
  2. Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  3. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (United States); Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima (Peru)
  4. Tufts Univ., Medford, MA (United States)
  5. Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States)
  6. Univ. of Geneva (Switzerland)
  7. Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Casilla (Chile)
  8. Inst. for Nuclear Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russia)
  9. Hampton Univ., Hampton, VA (United States)
  10. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (United States)
  11. Univ. of Pittsburgh, PA (United States)
  12. Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima (Peru)
  13. Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico)
  14. Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States)
  15. Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (United States)
  16. Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
  17. Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States); Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico)
  18. Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Lima (Peru)
  19. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA (United States)
  20. Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL (United States)
  21. Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States); Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
  22. Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States); Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
  23. Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Lima (Peru)
  24. Otterbein Univ., Westerville, OH (United States)
  25. Univ. of California, Irvine, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25); Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Capes); National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq); Conacyt, Mexico City (Mexico); National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT); National System of Science and Technology and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC); Direction of Management of the Investigation (DGI). Pontifical Catholic Univ. of Peru; General Inst. of Investigation (IGI). National Univ. of Engineering; Latin American Center for Physics (CLAF); Ministry of Education and Science (Russia); Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Moscow (Russian Federation)
OSTI Identifier:
1213905
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1221276; OSTI ID: 1423585
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB-15-075-ND
Journal ID: ISSN 0370-2693; arXiv eprint number arXiv:1503.02107; TRN: US1601120
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-05CH11231; AC02-07CH11359; PHY-0619727
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Published Article
Journal Name:
Physics Letters. Section B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 749; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0370-2693
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; neutrino-nucleus scattering; final state interaction

Citation Formats

Le, T., Paomino, J. L., Aliaga, L., Altinok, O., Bercellie, A., Bodek, A., Bravar, A., Brooks, W. K., Butkevich, A., Caicedo, D. A. Martinez, Carneiro, M. F., Christy, M. E., Chvojka, J., da Motta, H., Devan, J., Dytman, S. A., Diaz, G. A., Eberly, B., Felix, J., Fields, L., Fine, R., Gago, A. M., Gallagher, H., Gran, R., Harris, D. A., Higuera, A., Hurtado, K., Kordosky, M., Maher, E., Manly, S., Mann, W. A., Marshall, C. M., McFarland, K. S., McGivern, C. L., McGowan, A. M., Miller, J., Morfin, J. G., Mousseau, J., Nelson, J. K., Norrick, A., Osta, J., Paolone, V., Park, J., Patrick, C. E., Perdue, G. N., Rakotondravohitra, L., Ransome, R. D., Ray, H., Ren, L., Rodrigues, P. A., Ruterbories, D., Schellman, H., Schmitz, D. W., Sobczyk, J. T., Salinas, C. J. Solano, Tagg, N., Tice, B. G., Valencia, E., Walton, T., Wolcott, J., Yepes-Ramirez, H., Zavala, G., Zhang, D., and Ziemer, B. P. Single neutral pion production by charged-current $\bar{\nu}_\mu$ interactions on hydrocarbon at $\langle E_\nu \rangle = $3.6 GeV. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2015.07.039.
Le, T., Paomino, J. L., Aliaga, L., Altinok, O., Bercellie, A., Bodek, A., Bravar, A., Brooks, W. K., Butkevich, A., Caicedo, D. A. Martinez, Carneiro, M. F., Christy, M. E., Chvojka, J., da Motta, H., Devan, J., Dytman, S. A., Diaz, G. A., Eberly, B., Felix, J., Fields, L., Fine, R., Gago, A. M., Gallagher, H., Gran, R., Harris, D. A., Higuera, A., Hurtado, K., Kordosky, M., Maher, E., Manly, S., Mann, W. A., Marshall, C. M., McFarland, K. S., McGivern, C. L., McGowan, A. M., Miller, J., Morfin, J. G., Mousseau, J., Nelson, J. K., Norrick, A., Osta, J., Paolone, V., Park, J., Patrick, C. E., Perdue, G. N., Rakotondravohitra, L., Ransome, R. D., Ray, H., Ren, L., Rodrigues, P. A., Ruterbories, D., Schellman, H., Schmitz, D. W., Sobczyk, J. T., Salinas, C. J. Solano, Tagg, N., Tice, B. G., Valencia, E., Walton, T., Wolcott, J., Yepes-Ramirez, H., Zavala, G., Zhang, D., & Ziemer, B. P. Single neutral pion production by charged-current $\bar{\nu}_\mu$ interactions on hydrocarbon at $\langle E_\nu \rangle = $3.6 GeV. United States. doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2015.07.039.
Le, T., Paomino, J. L., Aliaga, L., Altinok, O., Bercellie, A., Bodek, A., Bravar, A., Brooks, W. K., Butkevich, A., Caicedo, D. A. Martinez, Carneiro, M. F., Christy, M. E., Chvojka, J., da Motta, H., Devan, J., Dytman, S. A., Diaz, G. A., Eberly, B., Felix, J., Fields, L., Fine, R., Gago, A. M., Gallagher, H., Gran, R., Harris, D. A., Higuera, A., Hurtado, K., Kordosky, M., Maher, E., Manly, S., Mann, W. A., Marshall, C. M., McFarland, K. S., McGivern, C. L., McGowan, A. M., Miller, J., Morfin, J. G., Mousseau, J., Nelson, J. K., Norrick, A., Osta, J., Paolone, V., Park, J., Patrick, C. E., Perdue, G. N., Rakotondravohitra, L., Ransome, R. D., Ray, H., Ren, L., Rodrigues, P. A., Ruterbories, D., Schellman, H., Schmitz, D. W., Sobczyk, J. T., Salinas, C. J. Solano, Tagg, N., Tice, B. G., Valencia, E., Walton, T., Wolcott, J., Yepes-Ramirez, H., Zavala, G., Zhang, D., and Ziemer, B. P. Wed . "Single neutral pion production by charged-current $\bar{\nu}_\mu$ interactions on hydrocarbon at $\langle E_\nu \rangle = $3.6 GeV". United States. doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2015.07.039.
@article{osti_1213905,
title = {Single neutral pion production by charged-current $\bar{\nu}_\mu$ interactions on hydrocarbon at $\langle E_\nu \rangle = $3.6 GeV},
author = {Le, T. and Paomino, J. L. and Aliaga, L. and Altinok, O. and Bercellie, A. and Bodek, A. and Bravar, A. and Brooks, W. K. and Butkevich, A. and Caicedo, D. A. Martinez and Carneiro, M. F. and Christy, M. E. and Chvojka, J. and da Motta, H. and Devan, J. and Dytman, S. A. and Diaz, G. A. and Eberly, B. and Felix, J. and Fields, L. and Fine, R. and Gago, A. M. and Gallagher, H. and Gran, R. and Harris, D. A. and Higuera, A. and Hurtado, K. and Kordosky, M. and Maher, E. and Manly, S. and Mann, W. A. and Marshall, C. M. and McFarland, K. S. and McGivern, C. L. and McGowan, A. M. and Miller, J. and Morfin, J. G. and Mousseau, J. and Nelson, J. K. and Norrick, A. and Osta, J. and Paolone, V. and Park, J. and Patrick, C. E. and Perdue, G. N. and Rakotondravohitra, L. and Ransome, R. D. and Ray, H. and Ren, L. and Rodrigues, P. A. and Ruterbories, D. and Schellman, H. and Schmitz, D. W. and Sobczyk, J. T. and Salinas, C. J. Solano and Tagg, N. and Tice, B. G. and Valencia, E. and Walton, T. and Wolcott, J. and Yepes-Ramirez, H. and Zavala, G. and Zhang, D. and Ziemer, B. P.},
abstractNote = {We studied single neutral pion production via muon antineutrino charged-current interactions in plastic scintillator (CH) using the MINERvA detector exposed to the NuMI low-energy, wideband antineutrino beam at Fermilab. Measurement of this process constrains models of neutral pion production in nuclei, which is important because the neutral-current analog is a background for appearance oscillation experiments. Furthermore, the differential cross sections for π0 momentum and production angle, for events with a single observed π0 and no charged pions, are presented and compared to model predictions. These results comprise the first measurement of the π0 kinematics for this process.},
doi = {10.1016/j.physletb.2015.07.039},
journal = {Physics Letters. Section B},
number = C,
volume = 749,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Oct 07 00:00:00 EDT 2015},
month = {Wed Oct 07 00:00:00 EDT 2015}
}

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  • We studied single neutral pion production via muon antineutrino charged-current interactions in plastic scintillator (CH) using the MINERvA detector exposed to the NuMI low-energy, wideband antineutrino beam at Fermilab. Measurement of this process constrains models of neutral pion production in nuclei, which is important because the neutral-current analog is a background for appearance oscillation experiments. Furthermore, the differential cross sections for π 0 momentum and production angle, for events with a single observed π 0 and no charged pions, are presented and compared to model predictions. These results comprise the first measurement of the π 0 kinematics for this process.
  • We studied single neutral pion production via muon antineutrino charged-current interactions in plastic scintillator (CH) using the MINERvA detector exposed to the NuMI low-energy, wideband antineutrino beam at Fermilab. Measurement of this process constrains models of neutral pion production in nuclei, which is important because the neutral-current analog is a background for appearance oscillation experiments. Furthermore, the differential cross sections for π 0 momentum and production angle, for events with a single observed π 0 and no charged pions, are presented and compared to model predictions. These results comprise the first measurement of the π 0 kinematics for this process.
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