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Title: Measurement of neutrino flux from neutrino-electron elastic scattering

Muon-neutrino elastic scattering on electrons is an observable neutrino process whose cross section is precisely known. Consequently, a measurement of this process in an accelerator-based ν μ beam can improve the knowledge of the absolute neutrino flux impinging upon the detector; typically this knowledge is limited to ~10% due to uncertainties in hadron production and focusing. We also isolated a sample of 135±17 neutrino-electron elastic scattering candidates in the segmented scintillator detector of MINERvA, after subtracting backgrounds and correcting for efficiency. We show how this sample can be used to reduce the total uncertainty on the NuMI ν μ flux from 9% to 6%. Finally, our measurement provides a flux constraint that is useful to other experiments using the NuMI beam, and this technique is applicable to future neutrino beams operating at multi-GeV energies.
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Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB-15-575-ND; arXiv:1512.07699
Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010; PRVDAQ; 1411311
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review D
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 93; Journal Issue: 11; Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
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 Orgs:
MINERνA Collaboration; MINERvA Collaboration
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; 72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS
OSTI Identifier:
1260266
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1256760; OSTI ID: 1261117

Park, J., Aliaga, L., Altinok, O., Bellantoni, L., Bercellie, A., Betancourt, M., Bodek, A., Bravar, A., Budd, H., Cai, T., Carneiro, M. F., Christy, M. E., Chvojka, J., da Motta, H., Dytman, S. A., Díaz, G. A., Eberly, B., Felix, J., Fields, L., Fine, R., Gago, A. M., Galindo, R., Ghosh, A., Golan, T., Gran, R., Harris, D. A., Higuera, A., Kleykamp, J., Kordosky, M., Le, T., Maher, E., Manly, S., Mann, W. A., Marshall, C. M., Martinez Caicedo, D. A., McFarland, K. S., McGivern, C. L., McGowan, A. M., Messerly, B., Miller, J., Mislivec, A., Morfín, J. G., Mousseau, J., Naples, D., Nelson, J. K., Norrick, A., Nuruzzaman,, Osta, J., Paolone, V., Patrick, C. E., Perdue, G. N., Rakotondravohitra, L., Ramirez, M. A., Ray, H., Ren, L., Rimal, D., Rodrigues, P. A., Ruterbories, D., Schellman, H., Solano Salinas, C. J., Tagg, N., Tice, B. G., Valencia, E., Walton, T., Wolcott, J., Wospakrik, M., Zavala, G., and Zhang, D.. Measurement of neutrino flux from neutrino-electron elastic scattering. United States: N. p., Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.112007.
Park, J., Aliaga, L., Altinok, O., Bellantoni, L., Bercellie, A., Betancourt, M., Bodek, A., Bravar, A., Budd, H., Cai, T., Carneiro, M. F., Christy, M. E., Chvojka, J., da Motta, H., Dytman, S. A., Díaz, G. A., Eberly, B., Felix, J., Fields, L., Fine, R., Gago, A. M., Galindo, R., Ghosh, A., Golan, T., Gran, R., Harris, D. A., Higuera, A., Kleykamp, J., Kordosky, M., Le, T., Maher, E., Manly, S., Mann, W. A., Marshall, C. M., Martinez Caicedo, D. A., McFarland, K. S., McGivern, C. L., McGowan, A. M., Messerly, B., Miller, J., Mislivec, A., Morfín, J. G., Mousseau, J., Naples, D., Nelson, J. K., Norrick, A., Nuruzzaman,, Osta, J., Paolone, V., Patrick, C. E., Perdue, G. N., Rakotondravohitra, L., Ramirez, M. A., Ray, H., Ren, L., Rimal, D., Rodrigues, P. A., Ruterbories, D., Schellman, H., Solano Salinas, C. J., Tagg, N., Tice, B. G., Valencia, E., Walton, T., Wolcott, J., Wospakrik, M., Zavala, G., & Zhang, D.. Measurement of neutrino flux from neutrino-electron elastic scattering. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.112007.
Park, J., Aliaga, L., Altinok, O., Bellantoni, L., Bercellie, A., Betancourt, M., Bodek, A., Bravar, A., Budd, H., Cai, T., Carneiro, M. F., Christy, M. E., Chvojka, J., da Motta, H., Dytman, S. A., Díaz, G. A., Eberly, B., Felix, J., Fields, L., Fine, R., Gago, A. M., Galindo, R., Ghosh, A., Golan, T., Gran, R., Harris, D. A., Higuera, A., Kleykamp, J., Kordosky, M., Le, T., Maher, E., Manly, S., Mann, W. A., Marshall, C. M., Martinez Caicedo, D. A., McFarland, K. S., McGivern, C. L., McGowan, A. M., Messerly, B., Miller, J., Mislivec, A., Morfín, J. G., Mousseau, J., Naples, D., Nelson, J. K., Norrick, A., Nuruzzaman,, Osta, J., Paolone, V., Patrick, C. E., Perdue, G. N., Rakotondravohitra, L., Ramirez, M. A., Ray, H., Ren, L., Rimal, D., Rodrigues, P. A., Ruterbories, D., Schellman, H., Solano Salinas, C. J., Tagg, N., Tice, B. G., Valencia, E., Walton, T., Wolcott, J., Wospakrik, M., Zavala, G., and Zhang, D.. 2016. "Measurement of neutrino flux from neutrino-electron elastic scattering". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.112007. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1260266.
@article{osti_1260266,
title = {Measurement of neutrino flux from neutrino-electron elastic scattering},
author = {Park, J. and Aliaga, L. and Altinok, O. and Bellantoni, L. and Bercellie, A. and Betancourt, M. and Bodek, A. and Bravar, A. and Budd, H. and Cai, T. and Carneiro, M. F. and Christy, M. E. and Chvojka, J. and da Motta, H. and Dytman, S. A. and Díaz, G. A. and Eberly, B. and Felix, J. and Fields, L. and Fine, R. and Gago, A. M. and Galindo, R. and Ghosh, A. and Golan, T. and Gran, R. and Harris, D. A. and Higuera, A. and Kleykamp, J. and Kordosky, M. and Le, T. and Maher, E. and Manly, S. and Mann, W. A. and Marshall, C. M. and Martinez Caicedo, D. A. and McFarland, K. S. and McGivern, C. L. and McGowan, A. M. and Messerly, B. and Miller, J. and Mislivec, A. and Morfín, J. G. and Mousseau, J. and Naples, D. and Nelson, J. K. and Norrick, A. and Nuruzzaman, and Osta, J. and Paolone, V. and Patrick, C. E. and Perdue, G. N. and Rakotondravohitra, L. and Ramirez, M. A. and Ray, H. and Ren, L. and Rimal, D. and Rodrigues, P. A. and Ruterbories, D. and Schellman, H. and Solano Salinas, C. J. and Tagg, N. and Tice, B. G. and Valencia, E. and Walton, T. and Wolcott, J. and Wospakrik, M. and Zavala, G. and Zhang, D.},
abstractNote = {Muon-neutrino elastic scattering on electrons is an observable neutrino process whose cross section is precisely known. Consequently, a measurement of this process in an accelerator-based νμ beam can improve the knowledge of the absolute neutrino flux impinging upon the detector; typically this knowledge is limited to ~10% due to uncertainties in hadron production and focusing. We also isolated a sample of 135±17 neutrino-electron elastic scattering candidates in the segmented scintillator detector of MINERvA, after subtracting backgrounds and correcting for efficiency. We show how this sample can be used to reduce the total uncertainty on the NuMI νμ flux from 9% to 6%. Finally, our measurement provides a flux constraint that is useful to other experiments using the NuMI beam, and this technique is applicable to future neutrino beams operating at multi-GeV energies.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevD.93.112007},
journal = {Physical Review D},
number = 11,
volume = 93,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {6}
}