"Recent Results at the NOvA Neutrino Oscillation Experiment and Developments for Future Sensitivity Improvements"

Andrew Sutton , University of Virginia - Department of Physics
[Host: Craig Group]

NOvA is a long-baseline accelerator neutrino experiment that can probe outstanding questions in neutrino oscillation physics. Among these are: the neutrino mass hierarchy, CP violation in the lepton sector, and the determination of the neutrino mixing angle θ23. NOvA has access to these parameters by observing electron neutrino appearance and muon neutrino disappearance over an 810 km baseline. For the high statistics muon neutrino measurements the shape of the energy spectra can be used to further constrain the oscillation parameters owing to the energy dependence of neutrino oscillations. Therefore, a high resolution measurement of the neutrino energy is necessary to make precision measurements of those parameters. Moreover, uncertainties on detector calibration and neutrino interaction models have a significant impact on measurement sensitivity. NOvA has an ongoing test beam effort to improve understanding of the detector response and reduce energy calibration uncertainties. Additionally, a Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) neural network has been developed to estimate muon neutrino and provides improved energy resolution. Interaction model uncertainties can be further addressed by adversarial network training which can be employed with different interaction generators to increase the robustness and performance of the LSTM energy estimator against model variations. This talk will present the most recent NOvA oscillation results and show ongoing work to reduce systematic uncertainties and further improve measurement sensitivity.

High Energy Physics Seminar
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
4:00 PM
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