The NO$\nu$A collaboration has constructed a 14,000 ton, fine-grained, low-Z, total absorption tracking calorimeter at an off-axis angle to an upgraded NuMI neutrino beam. This detector, with its excellent granularity and energy resolution and relatively low-energy neutrino thresholds, was designed to observe electron neutrino appearance in a muon neutrino beam, but it also has unique capabilities suitable for more exotic efforts. In fact, if sufficient cosmic ray background rejection can be demonstrated, NO$\nu$A will be capable of a competitive indirect dark matter search for low-mass Weakly-Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs). The cosmic ray muon rate at the NO$\nu$A far detector is approximately 100 kHz and provides the primary challenge for triggering and optimizing such a search analysis. The status of the NO$\nu$A upward-going muon trigger and a first look at the triggered sample is presented.
- Pub Date:
- October 2015
- High Energy Physics - Experiment;
- Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors
- 9 pages, 5 figures. Presentation at the DPF 2015 Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Particles and Fields, Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 4-8, 2015