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Measurement of the neutrino component of an anti-neutrino beam observed by a non-magnetized detector

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Article number072005
Journal publication date26/10/2011
JournalPhysical Review D – Particles and Fields
Number of pages14
Original languageEnglish


Two methods are employed to measure the neutrino flux of the antineutrino-mode beam observed by the MiniBooNE detector. The first method compares data to simulated event rates in a high-purity νμ-induced charged-current single π+ (CC1π+) sample while the second exploits the difference between the angular distributions of muons created in νμ and ν̅ μ charged-current quasielastic (CCQE) interactions. The results from both analyses indicate the prediction of the neutrino flux component of the predominately antineutrino beam is overestimated—the CC1π+ analysis indicates the predicted νμ flux should be scaled by 0.76±0.11, while the CCQE angular fit yields 0.65±0.23. The energy spectrum of the flux prediction is checked by repeating the analyses in bins of reconstructed neutrino energy, and the results show that the spectral shape is well-modeled. These analyses are a demonstration of techniques for measuring the neutrino contamination of antineutrino beams observed by future nonmagnetized detectors.

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