Measurement of the ν-Nucleus Charged-Current Double-Differential Cross Section at ⟨⟩=2.4 GeV Using NOvA

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2022-11-08
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NOvA Collaboration
Meyer, Holger
Muether, Mathew
Roy, P.
Solomey, Nickolas
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NoVA Collaboration., Acero, M. A., Adamson, P., Aliaga, L., Anfimov, N., Antoshkin, A., . . . Zwaska, R. (2023). Measurement of the ν-Nucleus Charged-Current Double-Differential Cross Section at ⟨E⟩=2.4 GeV Using NOvA. Physical Review Letters, 130(5), 051802. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.130.051802

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The inclusive electron neutrino charged-current cross section is measured in the NOvA near detector using 8.02 ×10 protons-on-target in the NuMI beam. The sample of GeV electron neutrino interactions is the largest analyzed to date and is limited by ≃17% systematic rather than the ≃ 7.4% statistical uncertainties. The double-differential cross section in final-state electron energy and angle is presented for the first time, together with the single-differential dependence on (squared four-momentum transfer) and energy, in the range 1 GeV≤ < 6 GeV. Detailed comparisons are made to the predictions of the GENIE, GiBUU, NEUT, and NuWro neutrino event generators. The data do not strongly favor a model over the others consistently across all three cross sections measured, though some models have especially good or poor agreement in the single differential cross section vs Q.

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