Muon energy estimate through multiple scattering with the MACRO detector Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Muon energy measurement represents an important issue for any experiment addressing neutrino-induced up-going muon studies. Since the neutrino oscillation probability depends on the neutrino energy, a measurement of the muon energy adds an important piece of information concerning the neutrino system. We show in this paper how the MACRO limited streamer tube system can be operated in drift mode by using the TDCs included in the QTPs, an electronics designed for magnetic monopole search. An improvement of the space resolution is obtained, through an analysis of the multiple scattering of muon tracks as they pass through our detector. This information can be used further to obtain an estimate of the energy of muons crossing the detector. Here we present the results of two dedicated tests, performed at CERN PS-T9 and SPS-X7 beam lines, to provide a full check of the electronics and to exploit the feasibility of such a multiple scattering analysis. We show that by using a neural network approach, we are able to reconstruct the muon energy for Eμ<40 GeV. The test beam data provide an absolute energy calibration, which allows us to apply this method to MACRO data. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Ambrosio, M., Antolini, R., Auriemma, G., Bakari, D., Baldini, A., Barbarino, G. C., ... Collaboration, T. M.

citation count

  • 15

publication date

  • October 2002

keywords

  • Multiple Scattering
  • Muons
  • Neural Network
  • Neutrino Oscillation