PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS
Neutrino-induced coherent charged pion production on nuclei upsilon((-))(mu)A -- > mu(+/-)pi(-/+)A is a rare, inelastic interaction in which a small squared four-momentum |t| is transferred to the recoil nucleus, leaving it intact in the reaction. In the scintillator tracker of MINERvA, we remove events with evidence of particles from nuclear breakup and reconstruct |t| from the final-state pion and muon. We select low |t| events to isolate a sample rich in coherent candidates. By selecting low |t| events, we produce a model-independent measurement of the differential cross section for coherent scattering of neutrinos and antineutrinos on carbon. We find poor agreement with the predicted kinematics in neutrino generators used by current oscillation experiments.
Higuera, A.; Mislivec, A.; Bercellie, A.; Aliaga, L.; Devan, J.; Kordosky, M.; Nelson, J. K.; Norrick, A.; and Zhang, D., Measurement of Coherent Production of pi(+/-) in Neutrino and Antineutrino Beams on Carbon from E-upsilon of 1.5 to 20 GeV (2014). PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 113(26).