Date Thesis Awarded

5-2015

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Physics

Advisor

Jeffrey Nelson

Committee Member

Gina Hoatson

Committee Member

Patricia Vahle

Committee Member

Nahum Zobin

Abstract

Studying the neutrino cross sections of various materials is of great importance in the analysis of data from neutrino oscillation experiments, as well as interesting in its own right. We have examined the charged-current muon neutrino cross section ratio between lead and scintillator, with our lead target being in the MINERvA electromagnetic calorimeter. This choice has allowed us to obtain usable efficiencies out to much larger muon angles than was feasible from the upstream targets. Comparing the cross section ratio in the data and Monte Carlo, we have found that the ratios agree reasonably well as a function of neutrino energy, but with a distinct excess at low energies. However, there are significant differences between data and Monte Carlo at low and high values of Bjorken x.

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