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MINOS Document 5284-v1

Cross Section Measurements for Quasi-Elastic Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering with the MINOS Near Detector

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MINOS-doc-5284-v1
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Thesis
Submitted by:
Mark Dorman
Updated by:
Mark Dorman
Document Created:
27 Oct 2008, 07:01
Contents Revised:
27 Oct 2008, 07:01
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16 Jan 2009, 16:37
Actually Revised:
16 Jan 2009, 16:38
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(The M_A^QEL analysis as it existed in Autumn/Winter 2007)

The Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search (MINOS) is a long baseline neutrino oscillation experiment based at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) in Chicago, Illinois. MINOS measures neutrino interactions in two large iron-scintillator tracking/sampling calorimeters; the Near Detector on-site at FNAL and the Far Detector located in the Soudan mine in northern Minnesota. The Near Detector has recorded a large number of neutrino interactions and this high statistics dataset can be used to make precision measurements of neutrino interaction cross sections.

The cross section for charged-current quasi-elastic scattering has been measured by a number of previous experiments and these measurements disagree by up to 30\%. A method to select a quasi-elastic enriched sample of neutrino interactions in the MINOS Near Detector is presented and a procedure to fit the kinematic distributions of this sample and extract the quasi-elastic cross section is introduced. The accuracy and robustness of the fitting procedure is studied using mock data and finally results from fits to the MINOS Near Detector data are presented.

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