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Title: Measurement of partonic nuclear effects in deep-inelastic neutrino scattering using MINERvA

Abstract

Here, the MINERvA Collaboration reports a novel study of neutrino-nucleus charged-current deep inelastic scattering (DIS) using the same neutrino beam incident on targets of polystyrene, graphite, iron, and lead. Results are presented as ratios of C, Fe, and Pb to CH. The ratios of total DIS cross sections as a function of neutrino energy and flux-integrated differential cross sections as a function of the Bjorken scaling variable x are presented in the neutrino-energy range of 5–50 GeV. Based on the predictions of charged-lepton scattering ratios, good agreement is found between the data and prediction at medium x and low neutrino energy. However, the ratios appear to be below predictions in the vicinity of the nuclear shadowing region, x < 0.1. This apparent deficit, reflected in the DIS cross-section ratio at high Eν, is consistent with previous MINERvA observations [B. Tice (MINERvA Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 231801 (2014).] and with the predicted onset of nuclear shadowing with the axial-vector current in neutrino scattering.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL (United States). et al.
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Contributing Org.:
MINERvA Collaboration
OSTI Identifier:
1251200
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1248073
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB-15-556-ND; arXiv:1601.06313
Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010; PRVDAQ; 1416818
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-07CH11359
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review D
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 93; Journal Issue: 7; Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS

Citation Formats

Mousseau, J. Measurement of partonic nuclear effects in deep-inelastic neutrino scattering using MINERvA. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.071101.
Mousseau, J. Measurement of partonic nuclear effects in deep-inelastic neutrino scattering using MINERvA. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.071101.
Mousseau, J. Tue . "Measurement of partonic nuclear effects in deep-inelastic neutrino scattering using MINERvA". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.071101. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1251200.
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title = {Measurement of partonic nuclear effects in deep-inelastic neutrino scattering using MINERvA},
author = {Mousseau, J.},
abstractNote = {Here, the MINERvA Collaboration reports a novel study of neutrino-nucleus charged-current deep inelastic scattering (DIS) using the same neutrino beam incident on targets of polystyrene, graphite, iron, and lead. Results are presented as ratios of C, Fe, and Pb to CH. The ratios of total DIS cross sections as a function of neutrino energy and flux-integrated differential cross sections as a function of the Bjorken scaling variable x are presented in the neutrino-energy range of 5–50 GeV. Based on the predictions of charged-lepton scattering ratios, good agreement is found between the data and prediction at medium x and low neutrino energy. However, the ratios appear to be below predictions in the vicinity of the nuclear shadowing region, x < 0.1. This apparent deficit, reflected in the DIS cross-section ratio at high Eν, is consistent with previous MINERvA observations [B. Tice (MINERvA Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 231801 (2014).] and with the predicted onset of nuclear shadowing with the axial-vector current in neutrino scattering.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevD.93.071101},
journal = {Physical Review D},
number = 7,
volume = 93,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {4}
}

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FIG. 1 FIG. 1: The number of DIS events in the passive nuclear targets (0 < $z$ < 600 cm) and tracker region ($z$ > 600 cm) as a function of longitudinal position. The yellow area in the first five peaks represents the scintillator background in each nuclear target. The events locatedmore » in the scintillator between the passive targets are not shown in this Figure for clarity.« less

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