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A Total Cross Section and Y Distribution Measurement for Muon Type Neutrinos and Antineutrinos on Iron


Blair, Robert Eugene (1982) A Total Cross Section and Y Distribution Measurement for Muon Type Neutrinos and Antineutrinos on Iron. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/t0ve-vp84.


The measurement of the total charged current cross section for neutrinos and antineutrinos on iron is described. The data consist of 55,000 neutrino and 17,000 antinuetrino events taken in the N30 Dichromatic train at Fermi National Laboratory. The events cover the energy range 30-230 GeV. The slope of the cross section is consistent with flat over this energy range but favors a rise with energy. The results of fits to the y distribution of the form β((1-α)+α(1-γ)2 - Rγ2/2(1+R) for neutrinos and β((1-α)(1-γ)2 + α - Rγ2/2(1+R) for antineutrinos (with R = 1) are reported. A comparison is made between the measured cross sections and the level of e d and µFe scattering cross sections. The effect of a W propagator, QCD and neutrino oscillations on the cross section is described. The level of effects allowed by the data for oscillations and a propagator are estimated.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Physics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Barish, Barry C.
Thesis Committee:
  • Barish, Barry C. (chair)
  • Sciulli, Frank J.
  • McKeown, Robert D.
  • Fox, Geoffrey C.
Defense Date:1 April 1982
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:10162009-153203198
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ID Code:5303
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:03 Nov 2009 00:41
Last Modified:19 Apr 2021 22:25

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