Measuring the prompt atmospheric neutrino flux with down-going muons in neutrino telescopes

Phys. Rev. D 67, 017301 – Published 23 January 2003
Graciela Gelmini, Paolo Gondolo, and Gabriele Varieschi

Abstract

In the TeV energy region and above, the uncertainty in the level of prompt atmospheric neutrinos would limit the search for diffuse astrophysical neutrinos. We suggest that neutrino telescopes may provide an empirical determination of the flux of prompt atmospheric electron and muon neutrinos by measuring the flux of prompt down-going muons. Our suggestion is based on the consideration that prompt neutrino and prompt muon fluxes at sea level are almost identical.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.67.017301

  • Received 10 September 2002
  • Published 23 January 2003

© 2003 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

Graciela Gelmini

  • Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90095-1547

Paolo Gondolo

  • Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Gabriele Varieschi

  • Department of Physics, Loyola Marymount University, One LMU Drive, Los Angeles, California 90045

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