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PHYSICAL REVIEW D
The total cross sections are important ingredients for the current and future neutrino oscillation experiments. We present measurements of the total charged-current neutrino and antineutrino cross sections on scintillator (CH) in the NuMI low-energy beamline using an in situ prediction of the shape of the flux as a function of neutrino energy from 2-50 GeV. This flux prediction takes advantage of the fact that neutrino and antineutrino interactions with low nuclear recoil energy (nu) have a nearly constant cross section as a function of incident neutrino energy. This measurement is the lowest energy application of the low-nu flux technique, the first time it has been used in the NuMI antineutrino beam configuration, and demonstrates that the technique is applicable to future neutrino beams operating at multi-GeVenergies. The cross section measurements presented are the most precise measurements to date below 5 GeV.
Devan, J.; Ren, L.; Aliaga Soplin, Leonidas; Altinok, O.; Bellantoni, L.; Bercellie, A.; Betancourt, M.; Bodek, A.; Budd, H.; Cai, T.; Carneiro, M. F.; da Motta, H.; Dytman, S. A.; Diaz, G. A.; Eberly, B.; Endress, E.; Felix, J.; Fields, L.; Fine, R.; Gago, A. M.; Galindo, R.; Gallagher, H.; Kordosky, Michael A.; Nelson, Jeffrey K.; and Valencia-Rodriguez, Edgar, Measurements of the inclusive neutrino and antineutrino charged current cross sections in MINERvA using the low-nu flux method (2016).