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Figure 1.1: Number of active neutrinos as measured by the visible width of the Z0 resonance
from . Only models with three active flavours are compatible with the data.
sterile neutrino oscillations would be a depletion of the neutral current spectrum. Chapter 2
introduces the theory behind neutrino oscillations and reviews the current experimental
Chapter 3 gives an overview of the MINOS physics potential and the experiment setup.
MINOS is a long baseline neutrino beam experiment which employs two detectors (the Near
Detector and the Far Detector) to measure the v1, oscillation parameters.
Chapter 4 presents the MINOS detector calibration chain. The detector response is
corrected for time, temperature and spatial variations and the pulse height is normalised
to the same physical energy deposition in both the Near Detector and Far Detector data
and Monte Carlo (MC). Work presented in this thesis contributes to the correction for time
and temperature changes.
Using the Near Detector data to constrain the Far Detector prediction, the beam flux
uncertainties are made non-critical in MINOS. Nevertheless, the comparison to direct mea-
surements of hadrons off the target has been studied in this thesis. Chapter 5 introduces
the NA49 experiment which has collected data from proton-carbon interactions with pri-
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Tinti, Gemma Maria & U., /Oxford. Sterile neutrino oscillations in MINOS and hadron production in pC collisions, thesis or dissertation, July 1, 2010; Batavia, Illinois. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1015233/m1/17/: accessed April 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.