Analysis of data collected by the MINERvA experiment is done by showing the distribution of charged hadron energy for interactions that have low momentum transfer. This distribution reveals major discrepancies between the detector data and the standard MINERvA interaction model with only a simple global Fermi gas model. Adding additional model elements, the random phase approximation (RPA), meson exchange current (MEC), and a reduction of resonance delta production improve this discrepancy. Special attention is paid to resonance delta production systematic uncertainties, which do not make up these discrepancies even when added with resolution and biasing systematic uncertainties. Eye- scanning of events in this region also show a discrepancy, but we were insensitive to two-proton events, the predicted signature of the MEC process.
University of Minnesota M.S. thesis. August 2015. Major: Physics. Advisor: Richard Gran. 1 computer file (PDF); x, 82 pages.
Nuclear Effects in Quasi-Elastic and Delta Resonance Production at Low Momentum Transfer.
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