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Measurement of neutrino-induced neutral-current coherent π⁰ production in the NOvA near detector

Acero, M. A. and Adamson, P. and Aliaga, L. and Alion, T. and Allakhverdian, V. and Anfimov, N. and Antoshkin, A. and Arrieta-Diaz, E. and Aurisano, A. and Back, A. and Backhouse, C. and Baird, M. and Balashov, N. and Baldi, P. and Bambah, B. A. and Basher, S. and Bays, K. and Behera, B. and Bending, S. and Bernstein, R. and Bhatnagar, V. and Bhuyan, B. and Bian, J. and Blair, J. and Booth, A. C. and Bolshakova, A. and Bour, P. and Bromberg, C. and Buchanan, N. and Butkevich, A. and Campbell, M. and Carroll, T. J. and Catano-Mur, E. and Childress, S. and Choudhary, B. C. and Chowdhury, B. and Coan, T. E. and Colo, M. and Corwin, L. and Cremonesi, L. and Cronin-Hennessy, D. and Davies, G. S. and Derwent, P. F. and Ding, P. and Djurcic, Z. and Doyle, D. and Dukes, E. C. and Dung, P. and Duyang, H. and Edayath, S. and Ehrlich, R. and Feldman, G. J. and Flanagan, W. and Frank, M. J. and Gallagher, H. R. and Gandrajula, R. and Gao, F. and Germani, S. and Giri, A. and Gomes, R. A. and Goodman, M. C. and Grichine, V. and Groh, M. and Group, R. and Guo, B. and Habig, A. and Hakl, F. and Hartnell, J. and Hatcher, R. and Hatzikoutelis, A. and Heller, K. and Himmel, A. and Holin, A. and Howard, B. and Huang, J. and Hylen, J. and Jediny, F. and Johnson, C. and Judah, M. and Kakorin, I. and Kalra, D. and Kaplan, D. M. and Keloth, R. and Klimov, O. and Koerner, L. W. and Kolupaeva, L. and Kotelnikov, S. and Kreymer, A. and Kullenberg, Ch. and Kumar, A. and Kuruppu, C. D. and Kus, V. and Lackey, T. and Lang, K. and Lin, S. and Lokajicek, M. and Lozier, J. and Luchuk, S. and Maan, K. and Magill, S. and Mann, W. A. and Marshak, M. L. and Matveev, V. and Méndez, D. P. and Messier, M. D. and Meyer, H. and Miao, T. and Miller, W. H. and Mishra, S. R. and Mislivec, A. and Mohanta, R. and Moren, A. and Mualem, L. and Muether, M. and Mulder, K. and Mufson, S. and Murphy, R. and Musser, J. and Naples, D. and Nayak, N. and Nelson, J. K. and Nichol, R. and Niner, E. and Norman, A. and Nosek, T. and Oksuzian, Y. and Olshevskiy, A. and Olson, T. and Paley, J. and Patterson, R. B. and Pawloski, G. and Pershey, D. and Petrova, O. and Petti, R. and Plunkett, R. K. and Potukuchi, B. and Principato, C. and Psihas, F. and Raj, V. and Radovic, A. and Rameika, R. A. and Rebel, B. and Rojas, P. and Ryabov, V. and Sachdev, K. and Samoylov, O. and Sanchez, M. C. and Seong, I. S. and Shanahan, P. and Sheshukov, A. and Singh, P. and Singh, V. and Smith, E. and Smolik, J. and Snopok, P. and Solomey, N. and Song, E. and Sousa, A. and Soustruznik, K. and Strait, M. and Suter, L. and Talaga, R. L. and Tas, P. and Thayyullathil, R. B. and Thomas, J. and Tiras, E. and Torbunov, D. and Tripathi, J. and Tsaris, A. and Torun, Y. and Urheim, J. and Vahle, P. and Vasel, J. and Vinton, L. and Vokac, P. and Vrba, T. and Wang, B. and Warburton, T. K. and Wetstein, M. and While, M. and Whittington, D. and Wojcicki, S. G. and Wolcott, J. and Yadav, N. and Yallappa Dombara, A. and Yang, S. and Yonehara, K. and Yu, S. and Zalesak, J. and Zamorano, B. and Zwaska, R. (2020) Measurement of neutrino-induced neutral-current coherent π⁰ production in the NOvA near detector. Physical Review D, 102 (1). Art. No. 012004. ISSN 2470-0010.

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The cross section of neutrino-induced neutral-current coherent π⁰ production on a carbon-dominated target is measured in the NOvA near detector. This measurement uses a narrow-band neutrino beam with an average neutrino energy of 2.7 GeV, which is of interest to ongoing and future long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiments. The measured, flux-averaged cross section is σ = 13.8±0.9(stat)±2.3(syst)×10⁻⁴⁰ cm²/nucleus, consistent with model prediction. This result is the most precise measurement of neutral-current coherent π⁰ production in the few-GeV neutrino energy region.

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Additional Information:© 2020 Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article’s title, journal citation, and DOI. Funded by SCOAP3. Received 5 February 2019; revised 22 June 2020; accepted 23 June 2020; published 9 July 2020. This document was prepared by the NOvA Collaboration using the resources of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), a U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, HEP user facility. Fermilab is managed by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC (FRA), acting under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11359. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy; the U.S. National Science Foundation; the Department of Science and Technology, India; the European Research Council; the MSMT CR, GA UK, Czech Republic; the RAS, RFBR, RMES, RSF, and BASIS Foundation, Russia; CNPq and FAPEG, Brazil; STFC and the Royal Society, United Kingdom; and the state and University of Minnesota. We are grateful for the contributions of the staffs of the University of Minnesota at the Ash River Laboratory and of Fermilab.
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