Search for neutrino-induced cascades with five years of AMANDA data

Type Journal Article
Names R. Abbasi, Y. Abdou, T. Abu-Zayyad, O. Actis, J. Adams, J. A. Aguilar, M. Ahlers, K. Andeen, J. Auffenberg, X. Bai, M. Baker, S. W. Barwick, R. Bay, J. L. Bazo Alba, K. Beattie, J. J. Beatty, S. Bechet, J. K. Becker, K.-H. Becker, M. L. Benabderrahma
Publication Astroparticle Physics
Volume 34
Issue 6
Pages 420-430
Date January 1, 2011
URL http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011APh....34..420A
Library Catalog NASA ADS
Abstract We report on the search for electromagnetic and hadronic showers (“cascades”) produced by a diffuse flux of extraterrestrial neutrinos in the AMANDA neutrino telescope. Data for this analysis were recorded during 1001 days of detector livetime in the years 2000-2004. The observed event rates are consistent with the background expectation from atmospheric neutrinos and muons. An upper limit is derived for the diffuse flux of neutrinos of all flavors assuming a flavor ratio of νe:νμ:ντ = 1:1:1 at the detection site. The all-flavor flux of neutrinos with an energy spectrum Φ ∝ E-2 is less than 5.0 × 10-7 GeV s-1 sr-1 cm-2 at a 90% C.L. Here, 90% of the simulated signal would fall within the energy range 40 TeV to 9 PeV. We discuss flux limits in the context of several specific models of extraterrestrial and prompt atmospheric neutrino production.
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