Neutrino flux predictions for the NuMI beam

L. Aliaga, M. Kordosky, T. Golan, O. Altinok, L. Bellantoni, A. Bercellie, M. Betancourt, A. Bravar, H. Budd, M. F. Carneiro, S. Dytman, G. A. Díaz, E. Endress, J. Felix, L. Fields, R. Fine, A. M. Gago, R. Galindo, H. Gallagher, R. GranD. A. Harris, A. Higuera, K. Hurtado, M. Kiveni, J. Kleykamp, T. Le, E. Maher, S. Manly, W. A. Mann, C. M. Marshall, D. A. Martinez Caicedo, K. S. McFarland, C. L. McGivern, A. M. McGowan, B. Messerly, J. Miller, A. Mislivec, J. G. Morfín, J. Mousseau, D. Naples, J. K. Nelson, A. Norrick, Nuruzzaman, V. Paolone, J. Park, C. E. Patrick, G. N. Perdue, R. D. Ransome, H. Ray, L. Ren

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Abstract

Knowledge of the neutrino flux produced by the Neutrinos at the Main Injector (NuMI) beamline is essential to the neutrino oscillation and neutrino interaction measurements of the MINERvA, MINOS+, NOvA and MicroBooNE experiments at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. We have produced a flux prediction which uses all available and relevant hadron production data, incorporating measurements of particle production off of thin targets as well as measurements of particle yields from a spare NuMI target exposed to a 120 GeV proton beam. The result is the most precise flux prediction achieved for a neutrino beam in the one to tens of GeV energy region. We have also compared the prediction to in situ measurements of the neutrino flux and find good agreement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number092005
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume94
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 29 2016

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