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Measurement of the longitudinal diffusion of ionization electrons in the MicroBooNE detector

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Abratenko, P 
An, R 
Anthony, J 
Asaadi, J 
Ashkenazi, A 


jats:titleAbstract</jats:title> jats:pAccurate knowledge of electron transport properties is vital to understanding the information provided by liquid argon time projection chambers (LArTPCs). Ionization electron drift-lifetime, local electric field distortions caused by positive ion accumulation, and electron diffusion can all significantly impact the measured signal waveforms. This paper presents a measurement of the effective longitudinal electron diffusion coefficient, Djats:subL</jats:sub>, in MicroBooNE at the nominal electric field strength of 273.9 V/cm. Historically, this measurement has been made in LArTPC prototype detectors. This represents the first measurement in a large-scale (85 tonne active volume) LArTPC operating in a neutrino beam. This is the largest dataset ever used for this measurement. Using a sample of ∼70,000 through-going cosmic ray muon tracks tagged with MicroBooNE's cosmic ray tagger system, we measure Djats:subL</jats:sub> = 3.74jats:sup+0.28</jats:sup> jats:sub-0.29</jats:sub> cmjats:sup2</jats:sup>/s.</jats:p>



Charge transport and multiplication in liquid media, Noble liquid detectors (scintillation, ionization, double-phase), Time projection Chambers (TPC)

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