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The MINOS experiment
This chapter describes the MINOS experiment. Section 3.1 introduces the physics results
the experiment has achieved and the prospects for potential improvements. Section 3.2
describes the NuMI beamline: a more detailed treatment can be found in [79, 80]. The de-
tector characteristics are presented in section 3.3. An exhaustive description of the MINOS
detectors is in [81, 80]. Sections 3.4 and 3.5 are dedicated to the simulation software used
for the MC and the event reconstruction software which is used in both data and MC. The
description of the dataset analysed in this thesis is given in section 3.6.
3.1 The physics capabilities of MINOS
MINOS has been optimised to precisely measure the atmospheric oscillation parameters
sin2(2023) and 3Amn21: the measurement is obtained through a v/, two-flavour disappear-
ance analysis for charged current interactions, where the charged current data spectrum is
compared to the MC spectrum oscillated according to the probability in equation (2.24).
On the left, figure 3.1 shows the Far Detector spectrum for selected charged current events
as in . Data, the expectation in the absence of oscillations and the best fit to a two-
flavour neutrino oscillation model are shown. The plot on the right shows the ratio of the
data and the best fit MC spectrum to the unoscillated prediction as well as other alternative
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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/m1/60/: accessed April 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.