Daniel Ruterbories
University of Rochester

Electroweak probes of the nucleus and the era of precision neutrino physics

Abstract
Neutrino oscillation experiments such as NOvA and T2K search for the disappearance and appearance of muon and electron flavor neutrinos 
in a predominately muon-type beam. These experiments are currently measuring the oscillation parameters to greater precision but will not 
be able to measure the CP phase with enough significance to pin down CP violation in the lepton sector. The next generation of experiments, 
DUNE and Hyper-Kamiokande, will push the field into its precision era, requiring precise predictions of the flux and neutrino interactions 
used to measure CP violation.The MINERvA experiment is a dedicated neutrino interaction experiment set in the NuMI beamline at Fermi National 
Accelerator Laboratory. The purpose of the experiment is to measure neutrino interactions off a variety of nuclear targets to probe nuclear effects 
and inform modeling of neutrino interactions. The experiment measures interactions over a wide range of Q2 and W including interactions in the quasi-
elastic, resonant, and shallow to deep inelastic scattering regions. The experiment has run with two beam energies peaked at ~3 and 6 GeV in both neutrino 
and anti-neutrino enhanced modes. In this seminar, I will describe the current state of neutrino oscillation physics and how MINERvA data will be used in 
future experiments. I will specifically describe the extensive tuning exercise MINERvA has done to describe interactions in the quasi-elastic into the resonant 
pion regions of kinematic phase space.