UHE neutrino detection from space. Toward a dedicated neutrino observatory

Year: 2005

Authors: Bottai S., Bratina V., Mazzinghi P., Spillantini P.

Autors Affiliation: INFN-Florence, via Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy;
Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata, Largo E. Fermi, 50125 Firenze, Italy;
University of Florence and INFN-Florence, via Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

Abstract: The upcoming generation of space based fluorescent detectors will measure the flux of charged cosmic rays above the characteristic energy of the GKZ mechanism and will be able also to look for the neutrino component above 30-50 EeV. Here we discuss the feasibility of a subsequent space based detector mainly focused on the neutrino detection. The possibility to lower as much as possible below 10 EeV the energy threshold and the consequent benefit on the neutrino detection is discussed in detail. The main guidelines to achieve such ambitious goal are presented together with some proposal for the optical system.

Conference title: 29th International Cosmic Ray Conference
Place: Pune

More Information: Sponsors: Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC); et al.; Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA); National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA); Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR); University of Pune
KeyWords: Cosmic ray detectors; Cosmic rays; Detectors; Optical systems, Characteristic energy; Energy thresholds; Fluorescent detectors; Neutrino detection; Space-based; Space-based detector; Uhe neutrino detections, Neutrons