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MINERvA: Bringing Neutrinos into Sharp Focus

Completed Tracking Prototype Detector

MINERvA is a neutrino scattering experiment which uses the NuMI beamline at Fermilab.

MINERvA seeks to measure low energy neutrino interactions both in support of neutrino oscillation experiments and also to study the strong dynamics of the nucleon and nucleus that affect these interactions.

We completed construction in March 2010, and studied interactions of few GeV neutrinos and anti-neutrinos until April 2012. We are busily analyzing that dataset. Our first results have already shown evidence for the effect of multinucleon processes in elastic scattering, and this observation will improve our knowledge of energy reconstruction in neutrino oscillation experiments.

MINERvA is looking forward to a run in a new high energy neutrino beam beginning in summer 2013. Higher energies and rates will allow us to measure the analog of the "EMC effect" in neutrinos which should shed light on the dynamics of this nuclear modification of nucleon properties.

4 April 2011: MINERvA receives DOE Award MINERvA received the 2011 Secretary of Energy's Award of Achievement. The citation reads, in part, "The MINERvA team demonstrated outstanding dedication and ingenuity in developing and implementing an extremely successful prototyping campaign that successfully integrated primary detector components fabricated at multiple, geographically diverse universities... The project team is to be commended for a job well done." (read more)

Recent MINERvA results (updated September 2014):
  • "Measurement of muon plus proton final states in νμ Interactions on Hydrocarbon at average Eν of 4.2 GeV", submitted to Physical Review.
  • "Measurement of Coherent Production of π± in Neutrino and Anti-Neutrino Beams on Carbon from Eν of 1.5 to 20 GeV", to appear in Phys. Rev. Lett.
  • "Charged Pion Production in νμ Interactions on Hydrocarbon at average Eν of 4.0 GeV" .
  • "Measurement of ratios of νμ charged-current cross sections on C, Fe, and Pb to CH at neutrino energies 2–20 GeV", Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 231801 (2014).
  • "Measurement of Muon Neutrino Quasi-Elastic Scattering on a Hydrocarbon Target at Eν~3.5 GeV", Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 022502 (2013).
  • "Measurement of Muon Antineutrino Quasi-Elastic Scattering on a Hydrocarbon Target at Eν~3.5 GeV", Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 022501 (2013).
  • "Design, Calibration and Performance of the MINERvA Detector", Nucl. Inst. and Meth. A743 (2014) 130.
  • "Demonstration of Communications using Neutrinos", Mod.Phys.Lett. A27 (2012) 1250077
  • "The MINERvA data acquisition system and infrastructure", Nucl.Instrum.Meth. A694 (2012) 179-192
  • "Arachne - A web-based event viewer for MINERvA", Nucl.Inst.Meth. 676 (2012) 44-49

  • MINERvA Meetings

    • Next collaboration meetings
      • 18-20 September 2014, Fermilab
        • 5-7 March 2015, Fermilab
      • Friday Phone/Video Meetings
        • 11am CT, usually WH8XO
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