Measurement of the Atmospheric νe Flux in IceCube

Type Journal Article
Names M. G. Aartsen, R. Abbasi, Y. Abdou, M. Ackermann, J. Adams, J. A. Aguilar, M. Ahlers, D. Altmann, J. Auffenberg, X. Bai, M. Baker, S. W. Barwick, V. Baum, R. Bay, K. Beattie, J. J. Beatty, S. Bechet, J. Becker Tjus, K.-H. Becker, M. Bell, M. L. Benab
Publication Physical Review Letters
Volume 110
Pages 151105
Journal Abbreviation Physical Review Letters
Date April 1, 2013
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.151105;
ISSN 0031-9007
Library Catalog NASA ADS
Abstract We report the first measurement of the atmospheric electron neutrino flux in the energy range between approximately 80 GeV and 6 TeV, using data recorded during the first year of operation of IceCube’s DeepCore low-energy extension. Techniques to identify neutrinos interacting within the DeepCore volume and veto muons originating outside the detector are demonstrated. A sample of 1029 events is observed in 281 days of data, of which 496±66(stat)±88(syst) are estimated to be cascade events, including both electron neutrino and neutral current events. The rest of the sample includes residual backgrounds due to atmospheric muons and charged current interactions of atmospheric muon neutrinos. The flux of the atmospheric electron neutrinos is consistent with models of atmospheric neutrinos in this energy range. This constitutes the first observation of electron neutrinos and neutral current interactions in a very large volume neutrino telescope optimized for the TeV energy range.
Tags COSMIC RAYS, Cherenkov detectors, Neutrino, Ordinary neutrinos (nuW bosons, and other elementary particle detectors, and other elementary particles, cosmic ray detectors, muon, pion
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