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Title: A First Look at Data from the NO$$\nu$$A Upward-Going Muon Trigger

The NO$$\nu$$A collaboration has constructed a 14,000 ton, fine-grained, low-Z, total absorption tracking calorimeter at an off-axis angle to an upgraded NuMI neutrino beam. This detector, with its excellent granularity and energy resolution and relatively low-energy neutrino thresholds, was designed to observe electron neutrino appearance in a muon neutrino beam, but it also has unique capabilities suitable for more exotic efforts. In fact, if sufficient cosmic ray background rejection can be demonstrated, NO$$\nu$$A will be capable of a competitive indirect dark matter search for low-mass Weakly-Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs). The cosmic ray muon rate at the NO$$\nu$$A far detector is approximately 100 kHz and provides the primary challenge for triggering and optimizing such a search analysis. The status of the NO$$\nu$$A upward-going muon trigger and a first look at the triggered sample is presented.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [1]
  1. Virginia U.
  2. Fermilab
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1250490
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-CONF-15-474-E-ND-PPD; arXiv:1511.00155
1402333
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Meeting of the APS Division of Particles and Fields, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, 08/04-08/08/2015
Research Org:
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; 72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS