Search for neutral-current induced single photon production at the ND280 near detector in T2K

Abe, K. and Akutsu, R. and Andreopoulos, C. and Antonova, M. and Aoki, S. and Ariga, A. and Ashida, Y. and Awataguchi, Y. and Azuma, Y. and Ban, S. and Barbi, M. and Barker, G. J. and Barr, G. and Barry, C. and Batkiewicz-Kwasniak, M. and Bench, F. and Berardi, V. and Berkman, S. and Berner, R. M. and Berns, L. and Bhadra, S. and Bienstock, S. and Blondel, A. and Bolognesi, S. and Bourguille, B. and Brailsford, D. and Bravar, A. and Bronner, C. and Avanzini, M. Buizza and Calcutt, J. and Campbell, T. and Cao, S. and Catanesi, M. G. and Cervera, A. and Chappell, A. and Checchia, C. and Cherdack, D. and Chikuma, N. and Christodoulou, G. and Coleman, J. and Collazuol, G. and Dealtry, T. and Finch, A. J. and Knox, A. and Kormos, L. L. and Lawe, M. and Nowak, J. and O'Keeffe, H. M. and Ratoff, P. N. and Shaw, D. (2019) Search for neutral-current induced single photon production at the ND280 near detector in T2K. Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, 46 (8). ISSN 0954-3899

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Abstract

Neutrino neutral-current (NC) induced single photon production is a sub-leading order process for accelerator-based neutrino beam experiments including T2K. It is, however, an important process to understand because it is a background for electron (anti)neutrino appearance oscillation experiments. Here, we performed the first search of this process below 1 GeV using the fine-grained detector at the T2K ND280 off-axis near detector. By reconstructing single photon kinematics from electron-positron pairs, we achieved 95% pure gamma ray sample from 5.738 x 10(20) protons-on-targets neutrino mode data. We do not find positive evidence of NC induced single photon production in this sample. We set the model-dependent upper limit on the cross-section for this process, at 0.114 x 10(-38) cm(2) (90% C.L.) per nucleon, using the J-PARC off-axis neutrino beam with an average energy of <E-v > similar to 0.6 GeV. This is the first limit on this process below 1 GeV which is important for current and future oscillation experiments looking for electron neutrino appearance oscillation signals.

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Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics
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5 figures, 1 table
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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132570
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Deposited On:
09 Apr 2019 10:15
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Yes
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25 Sep 2020 04:13