24-28 February 2020
Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics
Asia/Novosibirsk timezone

Improvements in the NOvA Detector Simulation based on JINR stand measurements

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Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics

Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics

11, akademika Lavrentieva prospect, Novosibirsk, Russia
Board: 70
Poster Electronics, Trigger and Data Acquisition


Mr Nikolay Anfimov (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR))


NOvA is a long-baseline neutrino experiment aiming to study the neutrino oscillation phenomenon in the muon neutrino beam from complex NuMI at Fermilab (USA). Two identical detectors have been built to measure the initial neutrino flux spectra at the near site and the oscillated one at an 810 km distance, which significantly reduces many systematic uncertainties. To improve electron neutrino and neutral current interaction separation, the detector is constructed as a finely segmented structure filled with liquid scintillator. Charged particles lose their energy in the detector materials, producing a light signal in a cell that is recorded by readout electronics. The simulation models this using the following chain: a parameterized front-end simulation converts all energy deposits in active material into scintillation light, the scintillation light is transported through an optical fiber to an avalanche photodiode, and the readout electronics simulation models the shaping, digitization, and triggering on the response of the photodiode. Two test stands have been built at JINR (Dubna, Russia) to measure the proton light response of NOvA scintillator and the electronic signal shaping of the NOvA front-end electronics. The parameters measured using these test stands have been implemented in the custom NOvA simulation chain. Further improvements are possible with detailed studies on Cherenkov light at a new test stand.

Primary author

Mr Nikolay Anfimov (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR))


Dr Adam Aurisano (University of Cincinnati, USA) Mr Albert Sotnikov (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research) Mr Alexander Antoshkin (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research) Dr Oleg Samoylov (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research)

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