Study of quasielastic scattering using charged-current νμ-iron interactions in the MINOS near detector

Devenish, N E, Falk, E, Hartnell, J and The MINOS Collaboration, et al (2015) Study of quasielastic scattering using charged-current νμ-iron interactions in the MINOS near detector. Physical Review D, 91 (1). ISSN 2470-0010

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Kinematic distributions from an inclusive sample of 1.41 × 10^6 charged-current νμ interactions on iron, obtained using the MINOS near detector exposed to a wide-band beam with peak flux at 3 GeV, are compared to a conventional treatment of neutrino scattering within a Fermi gas nucleus. Results are used to guide the selection of a subsample enriched in quasielastic νμFe interactions, containing an estimated 123,000 quasielastic events of incident energies 1 < Eν < 8 GeV, with hEνi ¼ 2.79 GeV. Four additional subsamples representing topological and kinematic sideband regions to quasielastic scattering are also selected for the purpose of evaluating backgrounds. Comparisons using subsample distributions in fourmomentum transfer Q^2 show the Monte Carlo model to be inadequate at low Q^2. Its shortcomings are remedied via inclusion of a Q^2-dependent suppression function for baryon resonance production, developed from the data. A chi-square fit of the resulting Monte Carlo simulation to the shape of the Q2 distribution for the quasielastic-enriched sample is carried out with the axial-vector mass MA of the dipole axial-vector form factor of the neutron as a free parameter. The effective MA which best describes the data is 1.23+0.13−0.09 (fit)+0.12−0.15 (syst) GeV.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
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Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2017 09:51
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