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Monte Carlo design studies for a next-generation UHE neutrino observatory located in a large rock salt formation
Author(s): David Saltzberg; David Z. Besson; Peter W. Gorham; Allen C. Odian; Radovan Milincic; Dawn Williams
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Paper Abstract

Ultra-high Energy cosmic neutrinos will produce a detectable pulse of RF radiation when they interact in solid media. Large rock salt formations, which are highly transparent to RF radiation, may serve as the medium for detectors searching for astrophysical neutrino sources. It is possible to instrument such formations with antennas to produce a detector with tens of cubic kilometers of water-equivalent volume and a large solid angle neutrino acceptance. We review previously reported on the long attenuation length measurements for electric fields in the Hockley salt dome. We consider here several detector geometries and their sensitivities to cosmic neutrino fluxes. We also report on insights yielded by Monte Carlo studies into the scaling laws governing the design of such a detector.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4858, Particle Astrophysics Instrumentation, (3 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458024
Show Author Affiliations
David Saltzberg, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
David Z. Besson, Univ. of Kansas (United States)
Peter W. Gorham, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
Allen C. Odian, Stanford Linear Accelerator Ctr. (United States)
Radovan Milincic, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
Dawn Williams, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4858:
Particle Astrophysics Instrumentation
Peter W. Gorham, Editor(s)

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