Associated charm production in neutrino-nucleus interactions

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Kayis-Topaksu A., Oenenguet G., van Dantzig R., de Jong M., Oldeman R. G. C., Gueler M., ...More

EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL C, vol.52, no.3, pp.543-552, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 52 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-007-0410-8
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.543-552
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


In this paper a search for associated charm production both in neutral and charged current nu-nucleus interactions is presented. The improvement of automatic scanning systems in the CHORUS experiment allows an efficient search to be performed in emulsion for short-lived particles. Hence a search for rare processes, like the associated charm production, becomes possible through the observation of the double charm-decay topology with a very low background. About 130000 nu. interactions located in the emulsion target have been analysed. Three events with two charm decays have been observed in the neutral-current sample with an estimated background of 0.18 +/- 0.05. The relative rate of the associated charm cross-section in deep inelastic. interactions, sigma(c (c) over barv)/sigma(DIS)(NC) = (3.62(-2.42)(+2.95)(stat)+/-0.54(sysyt))x10(-3) has been measured. One event with two charm decays has been observed in charged-current nu(mu) interactions with an estimated background of 0.18 +/- 0.06 and the upper limit on associated charm in charged- current interactions at 90% C. L. has been found to be sigma(c (c) over bar mu(-))/sigma(CC) < 9.69 x 10(-4).