MINERvA measurement of neutrino charged-current cross section ratios of nuclei C, Fe, and Pb to CH at energies of a few GeV

MINERvA collaboration

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Abstract

The MINERvA experiment is designed to measure neutrino cross sections for different nuclei using substantially similar fiducial and tracking environments. This allows for reduced systematics in the ratio to better see the evolution of the cross section with the size of the nucleus. The first such result is an inclusive charged current cross section ratio as a function of energy from and the kinematic quantity Bjorken x for nuclei Pb, Fe, and C relative to plastic scintillator CH. The measurement is made for neutrino energies from 2 to 20 GeV. In the past, charged lepton scattering ratios of heavier nuclei to deuterium have revealed interesting structure such as the EMC effect. These ratios were restricted to purely deep inelastic scattering data whereas these ratios to different nuclei in MINERvA are sensitive to the elastic scattering as well as resonance production regions. Significant deviations from the baseline scattering model are observed, and suggest new theory work to investigate these ratios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1928-1931
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear and Particle Physics Proceedings
Volume273-275
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

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