Bulletin of the American Physical Society
5th Joint Meeting of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics and the Physical Society of Japan
Volume 63, Number 12
Tuesday–Saturday, October 23–27, 2018; Waikoloa, Hawaii
Session HA: Conference Experience for Undergraduates Poster Session (2:00pm - 3:45pm)
Friday, October 26, 2018
Hilton Room: Grand Promenade
Abstract ID: BAPS.2018.HAW.HA.108
Abstract: HA.00108 : Event Generator for Neutrinos on Deuterons*
(Florida State Univ)
(Florida State Univ)
COHERENT is a collaboration studying coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering (CEvNS), a process with a well predicted but very small cross section. Several detectors are operated at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to study CEvNS. Currently there is ~10% uncertainty in neutrino flux at SNS. This uncertainty can be reduced with the addition of a heavy water detector which will measure neutrino flux. Simulations will be done to study the feasibility and efficacy of this detector. The purpose of this project is to create an event generator for these simulations. This involved constructing 2D histograms from tables of double differential cross section calculations for the reaction. These cross sections have been weighted by the SNS flux, allowing for the random selection of events weighted by both the flux distribution and cross section information. This gives a sample of randomly generated electron events that are a realistic representation of reactions at SNS for input into a Monte Carlo simulation. Additionally, the code written to create these distributions will be made available for application to similar projects.
*This work is made possible through NSF grant NSF-PHY-1757783 to Duke University supporting the REU program.
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