Particle ID for neutrino interaction measurements using information from the ECal of the T2K near detector

Lead Research Organisation: University of Liverpool
Department Name: Physics


The ND280 electromagnetic calorimeter (ECal) provides extensive information about charged particles that enter it, such as those produced in neutrino and antineutrino interactions within the detector. Different particles have different signatures in the ECal, so this information can be used to supplement the dE/dx-based particle ID provided by the ND280 time projection chambers. This is particularly useful for measurements of rarer neutrino interaction types where statistics are limited and high selection efficiency needs to be achieved without sacrificing purity. Measuring these reaction types contributes to our understanding of neutrino-nucleus interactions, and helps to constrain systematic errors for the T2K neutrino oscillation experiment. This project aims to develop ECal-based particle ID tools for muons, charged pions and protons. These PID tools will then be used to perform a differential cross-section measurement for antinumu CC1mu1pi1p interactions, where a muon-antineutrino interacts with a nucleus to produce an antimuon, a negative pion and a proton.

Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ST/R504920/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021
1947570 Studentship ST/R504920/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021 Gabriel Penn
Description T2K Collaboration membership 
Organisation T2K Collaboration
Country Global 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution - Working as part of coordinated neutrino interaction cross-section analysis group - Taking responsibility for calibration of ND280 ECal bar equalisation - Training as TripT Detector expert, working as on-site expert at ND280 during neutrino beam running time - Performing ND280 data acquisition shifts - Assisting in Super-Kamiokande tank open maintenance work
Collaborator Contribution - Access to T2K data and software - Access to T2K facilities at J-PARC and Kamioka Observatory - Expertise and mentorship from other members of the collaboration
Impact Authorship on published T2K papers: - Measurement of neutrino and antineutrino neutral-current quasielasticlike interactions on oxygen by detecting nuclear deexcitation ? rays - Measurement of the muon neutrino charged-current single p+ production on hydrocarbon using the T2K off-axis near detector ND280
Start Year 2017