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Title: Measurements of the inclusive neutrino and antineutrino charged current cross sections in MINERvA using the low- ν flux method

The total cross sections are important ingredients for the current and future neutrino oscillation experiments. We present measurements of the total charged-current neutrino and antineutrino cross sections on scintillator (CH) in the NuMI low-energy beamline using an in situ prediction of the shape of the flux as a function of neutrino energy from 2–50 GeV. This flux prediction takes advantage of the fact that neutrino and antineutrino interactions with low nuclear recoil energy (ν) have a nearly constant cross section as a function of incident neutrino energy. This measurement is the lowest energy application of the low-ν flux technique, the first time it has been used in the NuMI antineutrino beam configuration, and demonstrates that the technique is applicable to future neutrino beams operating at multi-GeV energies. Lastly, the cross section measurements presented are the most precise measurements to date below 5 GeV.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA (United States). Department of Physics.et al
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB-16-368-ND; arXiv:1610.04746
Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010; 1492312; TRN: US1701112
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359
Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review D
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 94; 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:
The MINERvA Collaboration
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS
OSTI Identifier:
1336872
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1339142