Emission of neutron-proton and proton-proton pairs in neutrino scattering

28 Jul 2016  ·  Simo I. Ruiz, Amaro J. E., Barbaro M. B., De Pace A., Caballero J. A., Megias G. D., Donnelly T. W. ·

We use a recently developed model of relativistic meson-exchange currents to compute the neutron-proton and proton-proton yields in $(\nu_\mu,\mu^-)$ scattering from $^{12}$C in the 2p-2h channel. We compute the response functions and cross sections with the relativistic Fermi gas model for different kinematics from intermediate to high momentum transfers... We find a large contribution of neutron-proton configurations in the initial state, as compared to proton-proton pairs. In the case of charge-changing neutrino scattering the 2p-2h cross section of proton-proton emission ({\it i.e.,} np in the initial state) is much larger than for neutron-proton emission ({\it i.e.,} two neutrons in the initial state) by a $(\omega,q)$-dependent factor. The different emission probabilities of distinct species of nucleon pairs are produced in our model only by meson-exchange currents, mainly by the $\Delta$ isobar current. We also analyze other effects including exchange contributions and the effect of the axial and vector currents. read more

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Nuclear Theory High Energy Physics - Phenomenology