Aug 25 – 31, 2019
The Grand Hotel Daegu
Asia/Seoul timezone

Study of tau-neutrino production at the CERN SPS

Aug 27, 2019, 3:15 PM
Plaza Hall (5F) (The Grand Hotel Daegu)

Plaza Hall (5F)

The Grand Hotel Daegu

Oral Presentation Working Group 5


Osamu Sato (Nagoya University (JP))


DsTau is a project at the CERN SPS to study tau-neutrino production aiming at providing important data for future $\nu_\tau$ studies. A precise measurement of the $\nu_\tau$ cross section would enable a search for new physics effects in $\nu_\tau$ CC interactions. It also has practical importance for the next generation experiments for neutrino oscillation studies and astrophysical $\nu_\tau$ observations. The practical way of producing a $\nu_\tau$ beam is by the sequential decay of $D_s$ mesons produced in high-energy proton interactions. However, there is no experimental measurement of the $D_s$ differential production cross section in fixed target experiments using proton beams, which leads to a large systematic uncertainty on the $\nu_\tau$ flux estimation. The DsTau project aims to reduce the systematic uncertainty in the current $\nu_\tau$ cross section measurement to 10% or below, by measuring the $D_s$ differential production cross section (especially longitudinal dependence). For this purpose, emulsion detectors with spatial resolution of 50 nm will be used allowing the detection of $D_s \rightarrow \tau \rightarrow X$ double kinks in a few mm range. During the physics run, 2.3$\times$10$^8$ proton interactions will be collected in the tungsten target, and 1000 $D_s \rightarrow \tau$ decays are expected to be detected. Results from the pilot run in 2018 will be presented together with a prospect for a physics run in 2021 and 2022.

Working Group WG2 : Neutrino Scattering Physics

Primary authors

Tomoko Ariga (Kyushu University) Osamu Sato (Nagoya University (JP))

Presentation materials