Organized by: Prof. Lu Lu
Looking inside the Earth with neutrinos
Date: Thursday, November 2nd
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Place: CH5310 /
Speaker: Sergio Palomares Ruiz, IFIC (CSIC - University of Valencia)
Abstract: Looking at the Earth's interior with neutrinos is a realistic possibility with current and future neutrino detectors, which is complementary to geophysics methods, but it is based purely on weak interactions. In this talk, I will give an overview of the two main approaches to perform Earth tomography with neutrinos: (i) neutrino absorption tomography, based on partial absorption of a neutrino flux as it propagates through the Earth (at energies about a few TeV) and (ii) neutrino oscillation tomography, based on coherent Earth matter effects on the neutrino oscillatory pattern (at energies below a few tens of GeV). I will first discuss (i) and present the first neutrino tomography of Earth using IceCube data. Then, I will discuss (ii) and, in particular, I will focus on supernova neutrinos with tens of MeV.
Host: Francis Halzen