Experimental Particle Physics Seminar: Detecting Cosmic Neutrinos with Ice Cube at the Earth's South Pole

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:30
Naoko Kurahashi Neilson, Drexel

 

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory has recently discovered a diffuse flux of astrophysical neutrinos, neutrinos from beyond the solar system. But how does one collect neutrinos at the South Pole? Why study neutrinos for astronomy? In this talk, I will try to answer such questions and show nice pictures from Antarctica. I will also discuss the multiple diffuse flux analyses in IceCube that observe the astrophysical flux, and what each can tell us. Spatial analyses that aim to identify the sources of such astrophysical neutrinos will also be discussed, followed by an attempt to reconcile all results, to draw a coherent picture that is the state of neutrino astronomy.

 

David Rittenhouse Laboratory 3W2