Nuclear Physics Seminars

ics Nuclear
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
Omar Benhar [Host: Donal Day]
Center for Neutrino Physics, Virginia Tech and INFN and Dept. of Physics, "Sapienza" University
"Confronting electron- and neutrino-nucleus scattering Can the axial mass controversy be resolved?"
 Slideshow (PDF)
It has been suggested that the difficulties in the interpretation of the flux averaged double-differential neutrino-carbon cross section measured by the MiniBooNE collaboration may due to contributions arising from reaction mechanisms other than single-nucleon knockout. The analysis of the large body of inclusive electron scattering data may provide a clue to pin down the role of the relevant mechanisms in a variety of kinematical regimes, thus shedding light on some of the unresolved issues of neutrino-nucleus scattering. As an example, I will argue that it may help to reconcile the different values of the nucleon axial mass reported by the MiniBooNe and NOMAD Collaborations.

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