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Title: A search for neutrino-induced single photons and measurement of oscillation analysis systematic errors with electron and anti-electron neutrino selections, using the off-axis near detector of the Tokai to Kamioka experiment
Author: Lasorak, Pierre
ISNI:       0000 0004 7653 7138
Awarding Body: Queen Mary University of London
Current Institution: Queen Mary, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis describes the search for neutrino-production of single photons using the off-axis near detector at 280 metres (ND280) of the T2K experiment. A photon selection is used to perform the searches using the first Fine Grained Detector (FGD1) of the ND280. The thesis also highlights the importance of systematic uncertainties in the analysis, since the selection is background dominated. After careful characterisation of the systematic uncertainties and estimation of the efficiency, it is concluded that, with the selected 39 data events and the expected background of 45 events, the limit for neutrino-induced single photons, at T2K energies, is 0:0903 x 10-38cm2/nucleon. This result can be compared with the expected limit of 0:1068 x 10-38cm2/nucleon. Using ND280's neutrino energy distribution (peaked at 600 MeV), NEUT predicts a flux-averaged cross section of 0:000239 x 10-38cm2/nucleon. A fit to the muon and electron (anti-) neutrinos selections in the ND280 was performed. The aim of this analysis is to use a data-driven method to constrain the electron (anti-) neutrinos background events at SK, the far detector and electron neutrino cross section parameters for oscillation analyses. These are fundamental inputs in the context of the searches for Charge-Parity (CP) violation in the neutrino sector. After a fit to the nominal Monte Carlo was realised, the electron neutrino and anti-neutrino cross section normalisation uncertainties are found to be 7.6% and 19.3%, repectively. Although these numbers are much higher than the assumed 3% uncertainty of all the CP violation searches performed at T2K up to now, the difference in the δCP log-likelihood is found to be acceptable as the one sigma contours are not very different and the exclusion of the δCP = 0 is roughly the same.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Physics and Astronomy ; neutrino-induced single photons ; near detector ; neutrino physics