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Title: Neutrino induced charged current π+ production at the T2K near detector
Author: Dobson, James Edward Young
ISNI:       0000 0004 2728 746X
Awarding Body: Imperial College London
Current Institution: Imperial College London
Date of Award: 2012
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A study of ν µ-induced charged current (CC) π+ production at the T2K off -axis near detector (ND280) is presented. Using Monte Carlo (MC) data studies event selections for both CC-inclusive and enriched CC- π+ samples have been developed using the ND280 tracker-region and surrounding ECals. Two types of CC- π+ selections were developed - one using the TPC to identify the pion and the other using a new ECal PID based on the deposited charge per unit length. Data/MC ratios are calculated and compared with the associated detector, neutrino interaction and flux simulation systematics. The predicted neutrino interaction rate was based on v2.6.2 of the GENIE MC generator and on T2Ks tuned 11a JNUBEAM flux simulation. The data used was collected between Nov. 2010 and March 2011 during the Run 2 data taking period and corresponds to a total integrated POT of 7.83 x 10[to the power of 19]. For the ν µ-CC-Inclusive selection which selects ν µ -CC interactions with a purity of 88:1% we find: [Mathematical formulae appear here. To view, please open pdf attachment] These show that the current measured and predicted rates for both the inclusive rate of ν µ neutrino interactions and those with at least one π+ in the final state agree to within the systematic uncertainties associated with neutrino interaction and flux simulation. Moreover, these selections lay the groundwork for future analyses, using larger data sets, that can be used to constrain these sources of uncertainty.
Supervisor: Andreopoulos, Costas ; Uchida, Yoshi Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral