First measurement using a nuclear emulsion detector of the νμcharged-current cross section on iron around the 1 GeV energy region

H. Oshima, T. Matsuo, A. Ali, S. Aoki, L. Berns, T. Fukuda, Y. Hanaoka, Y. Hayato, A. Hiramoto, A. K. Ichikawa, H. Kawahara, T. Kikawa, R. Komatani, M. Komatsu, K. Kuretsubo, T. Marushima, H. Matsumoto, S. Mikado, A. Minamino, K. MizunoY. Morimoto, K. Morishima, N. Naganawa, M. Naiki, M. Nakamura, Y. Nakamura, N. Nakano, T. Nakano, T. Nakaya, A. Nishio, T. Odagawa, S. Ogawa, H. Rokujo, O. Sato, H. Shibuya, K. Sugimura, L. Suzui, Y. Suzuki, H. Takagi, S. Takahashi, T. Takao, Y. Tanihara, R. Watanabe, K. Yamada, K. Yasutome, M. Yokoyama

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We have carried out νμ charged-current interaction measurement on iron using an emulsion detector exposed to the T2K neutrino beam in the J-PARC neutrino facility. The data samples correspond to 4.0 × 1019 protons on target, and the neutrino mean energy is 1.49 GeV. The emulsion detector is suitable for precision measurements of charged particles produced in neutrino-iron interactions with a low momentum threshold thanks to a thin-layered structure and sub-μm spatial resolution. The charged particles are successfully detected, and their multiplicities are measured using the emulsion detector. The cross section was measured to be σFeCC = (1.28 ± 0.11(stat.)+0.12-0.11(syst.)) × 10-38, cm2/nucleon. The cross section in a limited kinematic phase space of induced muons, θμ < 45° and pμ > 400 MeV/c, on iron was σFeCC phase space = (0.84 ± 0.07(stat.)+0.07-0.06(syst.)) × 10-38, cm2/nucleon. The cross-section results are consistent with previous values obtained via different techniques using the same beamline, and they are reproduced well by current neutrino interaction models. These results demonstrate the capability of the detector in the detailed measurement of neutrino-nucleus interactions around the 1 GeV energy region.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033C01
JournalProgress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Mar 1


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