MINERvA neutrino detector response measured with test beam data

L. Aliaga, O. Altinok, C. Araujo Del Castillo, L. Bagby, L. Bellantoni, W. F. Bergan, A. Bodek, R. Bradford, A. Bravar, H. Budd, A. Butkevich, D. A. Martinez Caicedo, M. F. Carneiro, M. E. Christy, J. Chvojka, H. Da Motta, J. Devan, G. A. Díaz, S. A. Dytman, B. EberlyJ. Felix, L. Fields, R. Fine, R. Flight, A. M. Gago, C. Gingu, T. Golan, A. Gomez, R. Gran, D. A. Harris, A. Higuera, I. J. Howley, K. Hurtado, J. Kleykamp, M. Kordosky, M. Lanari, T. Le, A. J. Leister, A. Lovlein, E. Maher, W. A. Mann, C. M. Marshall, K. S. McFarland, C. L. McGivern, A. M. McGowan, B. Messerly, J. Miller, W. Miller, A. Mislivec, J. G. Morfín, J. Mousseau, T. Muhlbeier, D. Naples, J. K. Nelson, A. Norrick, N. Ochoa, C. D. O'Connor, B. Osmanov, J. Osta, V. Paolone, C. E. Patrick, L. Patrick, G. N. Perdue, C. E. Pérez Lara, L. Rakotondravohitra, H. Ray, L. Ren, P. A. Rodrigues, P. Rubinov, C. R. Rude, D. Ruterbories, H. Schellman, D. W. Schmitz, C. J. Solano Salinas, N. Tagg, B. G. Tice, Z. Urrutia, E. Valencia, T. Walton, A. Westerberg, J. Wolcott, N. Woodward, M. Wospakrik, G. Zavala, D. Zhang, B. P. Ziemer

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The MINERvA collaboration operated a scaled-down replica of thesolid scintillator tracking and sampling calorimeter regions of the MINERvA detector in a hadron test beam at the Fermilab Test Beam Facility. This paper reports measurements with samples of protons, pions, and electrons from 0.35 to 2.0 GeV/c momentum. The calorimetric response to protons, pions, and electrons is obtained from these data. A measurement of the parameter in Birks' law and an estimate of the tracking efficiency are extracted from the proton sample. Overall the data are well described by a Geant4-based Monte Carlo simulation of the detector and particle interactions with agreements better than 4% for the calorimetric response, though some features of the data are not precisely modeled. These measurements are used to tune the MINERvA detector simulation and evaluate systematic uncertainties in support of the MINERvA neutrino cross-section measurement program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-42
Number of pages15
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory under U.S. Department of Energy Contract no. DE-AC02-07CH11359 which included the MINERvA construction project. Construction of the test beam detector was granted by the United States National Science Foundation under Grant no. PHY-0619727 and by the University of Rochester . Support for participating scientists was provided by NSF and DOE (USA) by CAPES and CNPq (Brazil) , by CoNaCyT (Mexico) , by CONICYT (Chile) , by CONCYTEC , DGI-PUCP and IDI/IGI-UNI (Peru) , by Latin American Center for Physics (CLAF) , by the Swiss National Science Foundation , and by RAS and the Russian Ministry of Education and Science (Russia) .


  • Birks' law
  • Electromagnetic calorimetry
  • Hadron calorimetry
  • Test beam


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