Publications


Search for boosted dark matter interacting with electrons in Super-Kamiokande

Physical Review Letters American Physical Society 120 (2018) 221301

C Kachulis, K Abe, C Bronner, Y Hayato, M Ikeda, K Iyogi, J Kameda, Y Kato, Y Kishimoto, L Marti, M Miura, S Moriyama, M Nakahata, Y Nakano, S Nakayama, Y Okajima, A Orii, G Pronost, H Sekiya, M Shiozawa, Y Sonoda, A Takeda, A Takenaka, H Tanaka, S Tasaka

A search for boosted dark matter using 161.9 kt yr of Super-Kamiokande IV data is presented. We search for an excess of elastically scattered electrons above the atmospheric neutrino background, with a visible energy between 100 MeV and 1 TeV, pointing back to the Galactic center or the Sun. No such excess is observed. Limits on boosted dark matter event rates in multiple angular cones around the Galactic center and Sun are calculated. Limits are also calculated for a baseline model of boosted dark matter produced from cold dark matter annihilation or decay. This is the first experimental search for boosted dark matter from the Galactic center or the Sun interacting in a terrestrial detector.


Performance of a full scale prototype detector at the BR2 reactor for the SoLid experiment

JOURNAL OF INSTRUMENTATION 13 (2018) ARTN P05005

Y Abreu, Y Amhis, L Arnold, G Ban, W Beaumont, M Bongrand, D Boursette, BC Castle, K Clark, B Coupe, D Cussans, A De Roeck, J D'Hondt, D Durand, M Fallot, L Ghys, L Giot, B Guillon, S Ihantola, X Janssen, S Kalcheva, LN Kalousis, E Koonen, M Labare, G Lehaut, L Manzanillas, J Mermans, I Michiels, C Moortgat, D Newbold, J Park, V Pestel, K Petridis, I Pinera, G Pommery, L Popescu, G Pronost, J Rademacker, D Ryckbosch, N Ryder, D Saunders, M-H Schune, L Simard, A Vacheret, S Van Dyck, P Van Mulders, N van Remortel, S Vercaemer, M Verstraeten, A Weber, F Yermia, S Collaboration


Search for neutrinos in super-kamiokande associated with the GW170817 neutron-star merger

Astrophysical Journal Letters American Astronomical Society 857 (2018) 1-6

Y Sonoda, A Takenaka, T Yano, T Kajita, V Takhistov, J Hill, JY Kim, E O'Sullivan, K Scholberg, M Gonin, J Imber, K Choi, B Richards, R Tacik, SB Kim, B Quilain, C Simpson, Y Suzuki, HA Tanaka, T Towstego, A Konaka, S Chen, L Wan, A Minamino

We report the results of a neutrino search in Super-Kamiokande (SK) for coincident signals with the first detected gravitational wave (GW) produced by a binary neutron-star merger, GW170817, which was followed by a short gamma-ray burst, GRB170817A, and a kilonova/macronova. We searched for coincident neutrino events in the range from 3.5 MeV to ∼100 PeV, in a time window ±500 s around the gravitational wave detection time, as well as during a 14-day period after the detection. No significant neutrino signal was observed for either time window. We calculated 90% confidence level upper limits on the neutrino fluence for GW170817. From the upward-going-muon events in the energy region above 1.6 GeV, the neutrino fluence limit is () cm -2 for muon neutrinos (muon antineutrinos), with an error range of ±5around the zenith angle of NGC4993, and the energy spectrum is under the assumption of an index of-2. The fluence limit for neutrino energies less than 100 MeV, for which the emission mechanism would be different than for higher-energy neutrinos, is also calculated. It is 6.6 × 10 7 cm -2 for anti-electron neutrinos under the assumption of a Fermi-Dirac spectrum with average energy of 20 MeV.


Atmospheric neutrino oscillation analysis with external constraints in Super-Kamiokande I-IV

PHYSICAL REVIEW D 97 (2018) ARTN 072001

K Abe, C Bronner, Y Haga, Y Hayato, M Ikeda, K Iyogi, J Kameda, Y Kato, Y Kishimoto, L Marti, M Miura, S Moriyama, M Nakahata, T Nakajima, Y Nakano, S Nakayama, Y Okajima, A Orii, G Pronost, H Sekiya, M Shiozawa, Y Sonoda, A Takeda, A Takenaka, H Tanaka, S Tasaka, T Tomura, R Akutsu, T Irvine, T Kajita, I Kametani, K Kaneyuki, Y Nishimura, K Okumura, E Richard, KM Tsui, L Labarga, P Fernandez, FDM Blaszczyk, J Gustafson, C Kachulis, E Kearns, JL Raaf, JL Stone, LR Sulak, S Berkman, S Tobayama, M Goldhaber, G Carminati, M Elnimr, WR Kropp, S Mine, S Locke, A Renshaw, MB Smy, HW Sobel, V Takhistov, P Weatherly, KS Ganezer, BL Hartfiel, J Hill, N Hong, JY Kim, IT Lim, RG Park, T Akiri, A Himmel, Z Li, E O'Sullivan, K Scholberg, CW Walter, T Wongjirad, T Ishizuka, T Nakamura, JS Jang, K Choi, JG Learned, S Matsuno, SN Smith, J Amey, RP Litchfield, WY Ma, Y Uchida, MO Wascko, S Cao, M Friend, T Hasegawa, T Ishida, T Ishii, T Kobayashi, T Nakadaira, K Nakamura, Y Oyama, K Sakashita, T Sekiguchi, T Tsukamoto, KE Abe, M Hasegawa, AT Suzuki, Y Takeuchi, T Yano, T Hayashino, S Hirota, K Huang, K Ieki, M Jiang, T Kikawa, KE Nakamura, T Nakaya, ND Patel, K Suzuki, S Takahashi, RA Wendell, LHV Anthony, N McCauley, A Pritchard, Y Fukuda, Y Itow, G Mitsuka, M Murase, F Muto, T Suzuki, P Mijakowski, K Frankiewicz, J Hignight, J Imber, CK Jung, X Li, JL Palomino, G Santucci, C Vilela, MJ Wilking, C Yanagisawa, S Ito, D Fukuda, H Ishino, T Kayano, A Kibayashi, Y Koshio, T Mori, H Nagata, M Sakuda, C Xu, Y Kuno, D Wark, F Di Lodovico, B Richards, R Tacik, SB Kim, A Cole, L Thompson, H Okazawa, Y Choi, K Ito, K Nishijima, M Koshiba, Y Totsuka, Y Suda, M Yokoyama, RG Calland, M Hartz, K Martens, B Quilain, C Simpson, Y Suzuki, MR Vagins, D Hamabe, M Kuze, T Yoshida, M Ishitsuka, JF Martin, CM Nantais, P de Perio, HA Tanaka, A Konaka, S Chen, L Wan, Y Zhang, RJ Wilkes, A Minamino, SK Collaboration


Measurement of the muon antineutrino double-differential cross section for quasielastic-like scattering on hydrocarbon at Eν ∼ 3.5 GeV

Physical Review D American Physical Society 97 (2018) 052002-

CE Patrick, L Aliaga, A Bashyal, L Bellantoni, A Bercellie, M Betancourt, A Bravar, E Peters, MA Ramírez, RD Ransome, H Ray, L Ren, PA Rodrigues, D Ruterbories, H Schellman, CJ Solano Salinas, M Sultana, S Sánchez Falero, AM Teklu, E Valencia, J Wolcott, M Wospakrik, B Yaeggy, D Zhang

We present double-differential measurements of antineutrino charged-current quasielastic scattering in the MINERvA detector. This study improves on a previous single-differential measurement by using updated reconstruction algorithms and interaction models and provides a complete description of observed muon kinematics in the form of a double-differential cross section with respect to muon transverse and longitudinal momentum. We include in our signal definition zero-meson final states arising from multinucleon interactions and from resonant pion production followed by pion absorption in the primary nucleus. We find that model agreement is considerably improved by a model tuned to MINERvA inclusive neutrino scattering data that incorporates nuclear effects such as weak nuclear screening and two-particle, two-hole enhancements.


The ALICE Transition Radiation Detector: construction, operation, and performance

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment Elsevier 881 (2017) 88-127

S Acharya, J Adam, D Adamová, X Lu, Et al.

The Transition Radiation Detector (TRD) was designed and built to enhance the capabilities of the ALICE detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). While aimed at providing electron identification and triggering, the TRD also contributes significantly to the track reconstruction and calibration in the central barrel of ALICE. In this paper the design, construction, operation, and performance of this detector are discussed. A pion rejection factor of up to 410 is achieved at a momentum of 1 GeV/ in p–Pb collisions and the resolution at high transverse momentum improves by about 40% when including the TRD information in track reconstruction. The triggering capability is demonstrated both for jet, light nuclei, and electron selection.


Measurement of the single $π^0$ production rate in neutral current neutrino interactions on water

Phys. Rev. D97 (2018) 3

K Abe, others


The Pandora multi-algorithm approach to automated pattern recognition of cosmic-ray muon and neutrino events in the MicroBooNE detector

EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL C 78 (2018) ARTN 82

R Acciarri, C Adams, R An, J Anthony, J Asaadi, M Auger, L Bagby, S Balasubramanian, B Baller, C Barnes, G Barr, M Bass, F Bay, M Bishai, A Blake, T Bolton, L Camilleri, D Caratelli, B Carls, RC Fernandez, F Cavanna, H Chen, E Church, D Cianci, E Cohen, GH Collin, JM Conrad, M Convery, JI Crespo-Anadon, M Del Tutto, D Devitt, S Dytman, B Eberly, A Ereditato, LE Sanchez, J Esquivel, AA Fadeeva, BT Fleming, W Foreman, AP Furmanski, D Garcia-Gamez, GT Garvey, V Genty, D Goeldi, S Gollapinni, N Graf, E Gramellini, H Greenlee, R Grosso, R Guenette, A Hackenburg, P Hamilton, O Hen, J Hewes, C Hill, J Ho, G Horton-Smith, A Hourlier, E-C Huang, C James, JJ de Vries, C-M Jen, L Jiang, RA Johnson, J Joshi, H Jostlein, D Kaleko, G Karagiorgi, W Ketchum, B Kirby, M Kirby, T Kobilarcik, I Kreslo, A Laube, Y Li, A Lister, BR Littlejohn, S Lockwitz, D Lorca, WC Louis, M Luethi, B Lundberg, X Luo, A Marchionni, C Mariani, J Marshall, DAM Caicedo, V Meddage, T Miceli, GB Mills, J Moon, M Mooney, CD Moore, J Mousseau, R Murrells, D Naples, P Nienaber, J Nowak, O Palamara, V Paolone, V Papavassiliou, SF Pate, Z Pavlovic, E Piasetzky, D Porzio, G Pulliam, X Qian, JL Raaf, A Rafique, L Rochester, R von Rohr, B Russell, DW Schmitz, A Schukraft, W Seligman, MH Shaevitz, J Sinclair, A Smith, EL Snider, M Soderberg, S Soldner-Rembold, SR Soleti, P Spentzouris, J Spitz, J St John, T Strauss, AM Szelc, N Tagg, K Terao, M Thomson, M Toups, Y-T Tsai, S Tufanli, T Usher, W Van De Pontseele, RG Van de Water, B Viren, M Weber, DA Wickremasinghe, S Wolbers, T Wongjirad, K Woodruff, T Yang, L Yates, GP Zeller, J Zennamo, C Zhang


Single pion production in neutrino-nucleon interactions

Physical Review D 97 (2018)

M Kabirnezhad

© 2018 authors. Published by the American Physical Society. This work represents an extension of the single pion production model proposed by Rein [Z. Phys. C 35, 43 (1987).ZPCFD20170-973910.1007/BF01561054]. The model consists of resonant pion production and nonresonant background contributions coming from three Born diagrams in the helicity basis. The new work includes lepton mass effects, and nonresonance interaction is described by five diagrams based on a nonlinear σ model. This work provides a full kinematic description of single pion production in the neutrino-nucleon interactions, including resonant and nonresonant interactions in the helicity basis, in order to study the interference effect.


First measurement of the $ν_μ$ charged-current cross section on a water target without pions in the final state

Phys. Rev. D97 (2018) 1

K Abe, others


The status of neutrino interaction theory and its impact on future neutrino oscillation experiments.

Proceedings of Science 337 (2018)

M Kabirnezhad

© Copyright owned by the author(s) under the terms of the Creative Commons. Over the last decade, there has been enormous effort to measure neutrino interaction cross sections important to oscillation experiments. However, a number of results from modern experiments appear to be in tension with our model predictions. It also has been known that our models are outdated and with assumptions for simplicity, therefore, many efforts have been devoted to the quasielastic peak and dip region to improve them but very little attention has been given to the resonance and higher regions. The MK model provides a full kinematic description of single pion production in the neutrino-nucleon interactions, including resonant and nonresonant interactions in the helicity basis, in order to study the interference effect. The MK model shows better agreements with data compare to the exciting (RS) model in NEUT. The effects of new (MK) model on T2K oscillation measurements shows bias on ∆223 and θ23. Although bias is small with respect to the uncertainty right now, clearly mis-modelling can produce biased oscillation parameters, and this will be a serious problem for next generation experiments.


Measurement of cosmic-ray reconstruction efficiencies in the MicroBooNE LArTPC using a small external cosmic-ray counter

JOURNAL OF INSTRUMENTATION 12 (2017) ARTN P12030

R Acciarri, C Adams, R An, J Anthony, J Asaadi, M Auger, L Bagby, S Balasubramanian, B Baller, C Barnes, G Barr, M Bass, F Bay, M Bishai, A Blake, T Bolton, L Camilleri, D Caratelli, B Carls, RC Fernandez, F Cavanna, H Chen, E Church, D Cianci, E Cohen, GH Collin, JM Conrad, M Convery, JI Crespo-Anadon, M Del Tutto, D Devitt, S Dytman, B Eberly, A Ereditato, LE Sanchez, J Esquivel, AA Fadeeva, BT Fleming, W Foreman, AP Furmanski, D Garcia-Gamez, GT Garvey, V Genty, D Goeldi, S Gollapinni, N Graf, E Gramellini, H Greenlee, R Grosso, R Guenette, A Hackenburg, P Hamilton, O Hen, J Hewes, C Hill, J Ho, G Horton-Smith, A Hourlier, E-C Huang, C James, JJ de Vries, C-M Jen, L Jiang, RA Johnson, J Joshi, H Jostlein, D Kaleko, LN Kalousis, G Karagiorgi, W Ketchum, B Kirby, M Kirby, T Kobilarcik, I Kreslo, G Lange, A Laube, Y Li, A Lister, BR Littlejohn, S Lockwitz, D Lorca, WC Louis, M Luethi, B Lundberg, X Luo, A Marchionni, C Mariani, J Marshall, DAM Caicedo, V Meddage, T Miceli, GB Mills, J Moon, M Mooney, CD Moore, J Mousseau, R Murrells, D Naples, P Nienaber, J Nowak, O Palamara, V Paolone, V Papavassiliou, SF Pate, Z Pavlovic, R Pelkey, E Piasetzky, D Porzio, G Pulliam, X Qian, JL Raaf, A Rafique, L Rochester, CR von Rohr, B Russell, DW Schmitz, A Schukraft, W Seligman, MH Shaevitz, J Sinclair, A Smith, EL Snider, M Soderberg, S Soeldner-Rembold, SR Soleti, P Spentzouris, J Spitz, J St John, T Strauss, AM Szelc, N Tagg, K Terao, M Thomson, M Toups, Y-T Tsai, S Tufanli, T Usher, W Van De Pontseele, RG Van de Water, B Viren, M Weber, DA Wickremasinghe, S Wolbers, T Wongjirad, K Woodruff, T Yang, L Yates, GP Zeller, J Zennamo, C Zhang, M Collaboration


Search for an excess of events in the super-kamiokande detector in the directions of the astrophysical neutrinos reported by the IceCube Collaboration

Astrophysical Journal American Astronomical Society 850 (2017) 166

K Abe, C Bronner, G Pronost, Y Hayato, M Ikeda, K Iyogi, J Kameda, Y Kato, Y Kishimoto, L Marti, M Miura, S Moriyama, M Nakahata, Y Nakano, S Nakayama, Y Okajima, A Orii, H Sekiya, M Shiozawa, Y Sonoda, A Takeda, A Takenaka, H Tanaka, S Tasaka, T Tomura

We present the results of a search in the Super-Kamiokande (SK) detector for excesses of neutrinos with energies above a few GeV that are in the direction of the track events reported in IceCube. Data from all SK phases (SK-I through SK-IV) were used, spanning a period from 1996 April to 2016 April and corresponding to an exposure of 225 kiloton-years. We considered the 14 IceCube track events from a data set with 1347 livetime days taken from 2010 to 2014. We use Poisson counting to determine if there is an excess of neutrinos detected in SK in a 10° search cone (5° for the highest energy data set) around the reconstructed direction of the IceCube event. No significant excess was found in any of the search directions we examined. We also looked for coincidences with a recently reported IceCube multiplet event. No events were detected within a ±500 s time window around the first detected event, and no significant excess was seen from that direction over the lifetime of SK.


Measurement of neutrino and antineutrino oscillations by the T2K experiment including a new additional sample of $ν_e$ interactions at the far detector

Phys. Rev. D96 (2017) 9

K Abe, others


Determination of muon momentum in the MicroBooNE LArTPC using an improved model of multiple Coulomb scattering

JOURNAL OF INSTRUMENTATION 12 (2017) ARTN P10010

P Abratenko, R Acciarri, C Adams, R An, J Anthony, J Asaadi, M Auger, L Bagby, S Balasubramanian, B Baller, C Barnes, G Barr, M Bass, F Bay, M Bishai, A Blake, T Bolton, L Bugel, L Camilleri, D Caratelli, B Carls, RC Fernandez, F Cavanna, H Chen, E Church, D Cianci, E Cohen, GH Collin, JM Conrad, M Convery, JI Crespo-Anadon, M Del Tutto, D Devitt, S Dytman, B Eberly, A Ereditato, LE Sanchez, J Esquivel, BT Fleming, W Foreman, AP Furmanski, D Garcia-Gamez, GT Garvey, V Genty, D Goeldi, S Gollapinni, N Graf, E Gramellini, H Greenlee, R Grosso, R Guenette, A Hackenburg, P Hamilton, O Hen, J Hewes, C Hill, J Ho, G Horton-Smith, E-C Huang, C James, JJ de Vries, C-M Jen, L Jiang, RA Johnson, J Joshi, H Jostlein, D Kaleko, LN Kalousis, G Karagiorgi, W Ketchum, B Kirby, M Kirby, T Kobilarcik, I Kreslo, A Laube, Y Li, A Lister, BR Littlejohn, S Lockwitz, D Lorca, WC Louis, M Luethi, B Lundberg, X Luo, A Marchionni, C Mariani, J Marshall, DAM Caicedo, V Meddage, T Miceli, GB Mills, J Moon, M Mooney, CD Moore, J Mousseau, R Murrells, D Naples, P Nienaber, J Nowak, O Palamara, V Paolone, V Papavassiliou, SF Pate, Z Pavlovic, E Piasetzky, D Porzio, G Pulliam, X Qian, JL Raaf, A Rafique, L Rochester, CR von Rohr, B Russell, DW Schmitz, A Schukraft, W Seligman, MH Shaevitz, J Sinclair, EL Snider, M Soderberg, S Soldner-Rembold, SR Soleti, P Spentzouris, J Spitz, JS John, T Strauss, AM Szelc, N Tagg, K Terao, M Thomson, M Toups, Y-T Tsai, S Tufanli, T Usher, RG Van de Water, B Viren, M Weber, DA Wickremasinghe, S Wolbers, T Wongjirad, K Woodruff, T Yang, L Yates, GP Zeller, J Zennamo, C Zhang


Probing nuclear effects using single-transverse kinematic imbalance with MINERvA

Journal of Physics: Conference Series IOP Publishing 888 (2017)

X Lu, M Betancourt

Kinematic imbalance of the final-state particles in the plane transverse to the neutrino direction provides a sensitive probe of nuclear effects. In this contribution, we report the MINERvA measurement of the single-transverse kinematic imbalance in neutrino charged-current quasielastic-like events on CH targets. To improve the momentum measurements of the final-state particles, we develop a method to select elastically scattering contained (ESC) protons and a general procedure to correct the transverse momentum scales.


Single Pion Production in Neutrino Reactions

XXVII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NEUTRINO PHYSICS AND ASTROPHYSICS (NEUTRINO2016) 888 (2017)

M Kabirnezhad, IOP


Low-energy triggering for Hyper-Kamiokande

XXVII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NEUTRINO PHYSICS AND ASTROPHYSICS (NEUTRINO2016) 888 (2017)

T Dealtry, G Barr, D Dewhurst, T Nicholls, F Nova, HM O'Keeffe, B Richards, S Short, T Stewart, IOP, Hyper-Kamiokande


Michel electron reconstruction using cosmic-ray data from the MicroBooNE LArTPC

JOURNAL OF INSTRUMENTATION 12 (2017) ARTN P09014

R Acciarri, C Adams, R An, J Anthony, J Asaadi, M Auger, L Bagby, S Balasubramanian, B Baller, C Barnes, G Barr, M Bass, F Bay, M Bishai, A Blake, T Bolton, L Bugel, L Camilleri, D Caratelli, B Carls, RC Fernandez, F Cavanna, H Chen, E Church, D Cianci, E Cohen, GH Collin, JM Conrad, M Convery, JI Crespo-Anadon, M Del Tutto, D Devitt, S Dytman, B Eberly, A Ereditato, LE Sanchez, J Esquivel, BT Fleming, W Foreman, AP Furmanski, D Garcia-Gamez, GT Garvey, V Genty, D Goeldi, S Gollapinni, N Graf, E Gramellini, H Greenlee, R Grosso, R Guenette, A Hackenburg, P Hamilton, O Hen, J Hewes, C Hill, J Ho, G Horton-Smith, E-C Huang, C James, JJ de Vries, C-M Jen, L Jiang, RA Johnson, J Joshi, H Jostlein, D Kaleko, G Karagiorgi, W Ketchum, B Kirby, M Kirby, T Kobilarcik, I Kreslo, A Laube, Y Li, A Lister, BR Littlejohn, S Lockwitz, D Lorca, WC Louis, M Luethi, B Lundberg, X Luo, A Marchionni, C Mariani, J Marshall, DAM Caicedo, V Meddage, T Miceli, GB Mills, J Moon, M Mooney, CD Moore, J Mousseau, R Murrells, D Naples, P Nienaber, J Nowak, O Palamara, V Paolone, V Papavassiliou, SF Pate, Z Pavlovic, E Piasetzky, D Porzio, G Pulliam, X Qian, JL Raaf, A Rafique, L Rochester, CR von Rohr, B Russell, DW Schmitz, A Schukraft, W Seligman, MH Shaevitz, J Sinclair, EL Snider, M Soderberg, S Soldner-Rembold, SR Soleti, P Spentzouris, J Spitz, J St John, T Strauss, KA Sutton, AM Szelc, N Tagg, K Terao, M Thomson, M Toups, Y-T Tsai, S Tufanli, T Usher, RG Van de Water, B Viren, M Weber, DA Wickremasinghe, S Wolbers, T Wongjirad, K Woodruff, T Yang, L Yates, GP Zeller, J Zennamo, C Zhang


Measurement of $\barν_μ$ and $ν_μ$ charged current inclusive cross sections and their ratio with the T2K off-axis near detector

Phys. Rev. D96 (2017) 5

K Abe, others

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