Aug 10 – 14, 2020
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
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Neutrino Tridents in the NOvA Near Detector

Aug 10, 2020, 12:10 PM


Erica Smith Kelli Michaels (Indiana University) Erica Smith (Indiana University)


NOvA is a long-baseline accelerator-based neutrino oscillation experiment that uses the NuMI beam from Fermilab to measure electron-neutrino appearance and muon-neutrino disappearance using a Near Detector, located at Fermilab, and a Far Detector, located in Ash River, Minnesota. The high flux of muon neutrinos at the Near Detector allows for measurement of rare processes such as neutrino trident scattering, a Standard Model process in which a charged-lepton pair is produced via neutrino-nucleus scattering. The event rate of this process may give insight into a Beyond the Standard Model interaction involving a Z’ boson as a mediator. This poster will discuss estimates of the event rates, which are on the order of tens to hundreds, detail a method to reconstruct these events, and evaluate the viability of measuring an event rate in the NOvA Near Detector.

Primary authors

Erica Smith Kelli Michaels (Indiana University)

Presentation materials