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Title: A Measurement of the Charged-Current Interaction Cross Section of the Tau Neutrino

Abstract

The Fermilab experiment E872 (DONUT) was designed to make the first observation of the tau neutrino charged-current interaction. Using a hybrid emulsion-spectrometer detector, the tau lepton was identified by its single-prong or trident decay. Six interactions were observed, of which five were in the deep inelastic scattering region. These five interaction were used to measure the charged-current cross section of the tau neutrino. To minimize uncertainties, the tau neutrino cross section was measured relative to the electron neutrino cross section. The result σ ντN constνeN const = 0.77 ± 0.39 is consistent with 1.0, which is predicted by lepton universality. The tau neutrino cross section was also measured for 115 GeV neutrinos, which was the average energy of the interacted tau neutrinos. The result σ ντN exp = 45 ± 21 x 10 -38 cm 2 is consistent with the standard model prediction calculated in this thesis, σ ντN SM = 48 ± 5 x 10 -38 cm 2.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
899717
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-THESIS-2005-90
TRN: US200709%%266
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359
Resource Type:
Thesis/Dissertation
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; CHARGED-CURRENT INTERACTIONS; CROSS SECTIONS; DECAY; DEEP INELASTIC SCATTERING; ELECTRON NEUTRINOS; FERMILAB; FORECASTING; LEPTONS; NEUTRINOS; STANDARD MODEL; TAU NEUTRINOS; TAU PARTICLES; Experiment-HEP

Citation Formats

Maher, Emily O'Connor. A Measurement of the Charged-Current Interaction Cross Section of the Tau Neutrino. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.2172/899717.
Maher, Emily O'Connor. A Measurement of the Charged-Current Interaction Cross Section of the Tau Neutrino. United States. doi:10.2172/899717.
Maher, Emily O'Connor. Thu . "A Measurement of the Charged-Current Interaction Cross Section of the Tau Neutrino". United States. doi:10.2172/899717. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/899717.
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title = {A Measurement of the Charged-Current Interaction Cross Section of the Tau Neutrino},
author = {Maher, Emily O'Connor},
abstractNote = {The Fermilab experiment E872 (DONUT) was designed to make the first observation of the tau neutrino charged-current interaction. Using a hybrid emulsion-spectrometer detector, the tau lepton was identified by its single-prong or trident decay. Six interactions were observed, of which five were in the deep inelastic scattering region. These five interaction were used to measure the charged-current cross section of the tau neutrino. To minimize uncertainties, the tau neutrino cross section was measured relative to the electron neutrino cross section. The result σντNconst/σνeNconst = 0.77 ± 0.39 is consistent with 1.0, which is predicted by lepton universality. The tau neutrino cross section was also measured for 115 GeV neutrinos, which was the average energy of the interacted tau neutrinos. The result σντNexp = 45 ± 21 x 10-38 cm2 is consistent with the standard model prediction calculated in this thesis, σντNSM = 48 ± 5 x 10-38 cm2.},
doi = {10.2172/899717},
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Thu Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}
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