Tests of neutrino interaction models with the MicroBooNE detector

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dc.contributor.author Rafique, Aleena
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-21T18:57:15Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-21T18:57:15Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/39012
dc.description.abstract I measure a large set of observables in inclusive charged current muon neutrino scattering on argon with the MicroBooNE liquid argon time projection chamber operating at Fermilab. I evaluate three neutrino interaction models based on the widely used GENIE event generator using these observables. The measurement uses a data set consisting of neutrino interactions with a final state muon candidate fully contained within the MicroBooNE detector. These data were collected in 2016 with the Fermilab Booster Neutrino Beam, which has an average neutrino energy of 800 MeV, using an exposure corresponding to 5.0 x 10¹⁹ protons-on-target. The analysis employs fully automatic event selection and charged particle track reconstruction and uses a data-driven technique to separate neutrino interactions from cosmic ray background events. I find that GENIE models consistently describe the shapes of a large number of kinematic distributions for fixed observed multiplicity, but I show an indication that the observed multiplicity fractions deviate from GENIE expectations. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Neutrino interactions en_US
dc.subject Neutrino detectors en_US
dc.subject Testing models en_US
dc.subject Data analysis en_US
dc.title Tests of neutrino interaction models with the MicroBooNE detector en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Physics en_US
dc.description.advisor Timothy A. Bolton en_US
dc.date.published 2018 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth August en_US

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