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Organized by: Prof. Kimberley Palladino

A feasibility study of detecting 1e18 eV neutrinos with a dedicated Cherenkov Telescope Array
Date: Thursday, December 15th
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Nepomuk Otte , Georgia Tech
Abstract: The detection of astrophysical neutrinos with IceCube and solid predictions of the flux of cosmogenic neutrinos have renewed the interest in detecting neutrinos at 10^9 GeV. To date no experiment exists with sufficient sensitivity at these energies and thus the motivation for this study. I take a fresh look at the Earth-skimming technique in which a tau neutrino converts in the Earth's mantle and the decay products of the tau are detected with Cherenkov telescopes that monitor a large volume of atmosphere. In this talk I present a conceptual design study of an array of Cherenkov telescopes that is optimized for 10^9 GeV and has a sensitivity that is competitive with other proposed experiments.
Host: Justin Vandenbroucke
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