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Title: Neutrino-electron elastic scattering for flux determination at the DUNE oscillation experiment

Abstract

We study the feasibility of using neutrino-electron elastic scattering to measure the neutrino flux in the DUNE neutrino oscillation experiment. The neutrino-electron scattering cross section is precisely known, and the kinematics of the reaction allow the determination of the incoming neutrino energy by precise measurement of the energy and angle of the recoiling electron. For several possible near detectors, we perform an analysis of their ability to measure neutrino flux in the presence of backgrounds and uncertainties. With realistic assumptions about detector masses, we find that a liquid argon detector, even with limitations due to angular resolution, is able to perform better than less dense detectors with more precise event-by-event neutrino energy measurements. We find that the absolute flux normalization uncertainty can be reduced from ~8% to ~2%, and the uncertainty on the flux shape can be reduced by ~20% – 30%.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1597548
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1760219
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231; SC0008475
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review D
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Physical Review D Journal Volume: 101 Journal Issue: 3; 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; Lepton-lepton interactions; Neutrino interactions; Particle interactions

Citation Formats

Marshall, Chris M., McFarland, Kevin S., and Wilkinson, Callum. Neutrino-electron elastic scattering for flux determination at the DUNE oscillation experiment. United States: N. p., 2020. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.101.032002.
Marshall, Chris M., McFarland, Kevin S., & Wilkinson, Callum. Neutrino-electron elastic scattering for flux determination at the DUNE oscillation experiment. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.101.032002.
Marshall, Chris M., McFarland, Kevin S., and Wilkinson, Callum. Wed . "Neutrino-electron elastic scattering for flux determination at the DUNE oscillation experiment". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.101.032002.
@article{osti_1597548,
title = {Neutrino-electron elastic scattering for flux determination at the DUNE oscillation experiment},
author = {Marshall, Chris M. and McFarland, Kevin S. and Wilkinson, Callum},
abstractNote = {We study the feasibility of using neutrino-electron elastic scattering to measure the neutrino flux in the DUNE neutrino oscillation experiment. The neutrino-electron scattering cross section is precisely known, and the kinematics of the reaction allow the determination of the incoming neutrino energy by precise measurement of the energy and angle of the recoiling electron. For several possible near detectors, we perform an analysis of their ability to measure neutrino flux in the presence of backgrounds and uncertainties. With realistic assumptions about detector masses, we find that a liquid argon detector, even with limitations due to angular resolution, is able to perform better than less dense detectors with more precise event-by-event neutrino energy measurements. We find that the absolute flux normalization uncertainty can be reduced from ~8% to ~2%, and the uncertainty on the flux shape can be reduced by ~20% – 30%.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevD.101.032002},
journal = {Physical Review D},
number = 3,
volume = 101,
place = {United States},
year = {2020},
month = {2}
}

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