Single neutral pion production by charged-current ν-μ interactions on hydrocarbon at 〈Eν〉=3.6 GeV

T. Le, J. L. Palomino, L. Aliaga, O. Altinok, A. Bercellie, A. Bodek, A. Bravar, W. K. Brooks, A. Butkevich, D. A. Martinez Caicedo, M. F. Carneiro, M. E. Christy, J. Chvojka, H. da Motta, J. Devan, S. A. Dytman, G. A. Díaz, B. Eberly, J. Felix, L. FieldsR. Fine, A. M. Gago, H. Gallagher, R. Gran, D. A. Harris, A. Higuera, K. Hurtado, M. Kordosky, E. Maher, S. Manly, W. A. Mann, C. M. Marshall, K. S. McFarland, C. L. McGivern, A. M. McGowan, J. Miller, J. G. Morfín, J. Mousseau, J. K. Nelson, A. Norrick, J. Osta, V. Paolone, J. Park, C. E. Patrick, G. N. Perdue, L. Rakotondravohitra, R. D. Ransome, H. Ray, L. Ren, P. A. Rodrigues, D. Ruterbories, H. Schellman, D. W. Schmitz, J. T. Sobczyk, C. J. Solano Salinas, N. Tagg, B. G. Tice, E. Valencia, T. Walton, J. Wolcott, H. Yepes-Ramirez, G. Zavala, D. Zhang, B. P. Ziemer

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Abstract

Single neutral pion production via muon antineutrino charged-current interactions in plastic scintillator (CH) is studied using the MINERvA detector exposed to the NuMI low-energy, wideband antineutrino beam at Fermilab. Measurement of this process constrains models of neutral pion production in nuclei, which is important because the neutral-current analog is a background for ν-e appearance oscillation experiments. The differential cross sections for π0 momentum and production angle, for events with a single observed π0 and no charged pions, are presented and compared to model predictions. These results comprise the first measurement of the π0 kinematics for this process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-136
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume749
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 7 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

Keywords

  • Final state interaction
  • Neutrino-nucleus scattering

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