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Characterization of the PeV astrophysical neutrino energy spectrum with IceCube using down-going tracks

IceCube Collaboration; Lyu, Yang; Abbasi, Rasha; Ackermann, Markus; Adams, Jenni; Aguilar, Juanan; Ahlers, M.; Ahrens, Maryon; Alispach, Cyril Martin; Alves Junior, Antonio Augusto 1; Amin, Najia Moureen Binte; An, Rui; Andeen, Karen; Anderson, Tyler; Anton, Gisela; Arguelles, Carlos; Ashida, Yosuke; Axani, Spencer; Bai, Xinhua; ... mehr


The IceCube Neutrino Observatory has observed a diffuse flux of astrophysical neutrinos with energies from TeV to a few PeV. Recent IceCube analyses have limited sensitivity to PeV neutrinos because upward-going neutrino fluxes are attenuated by the Earth while the Extremely High Energy (EHE) result targets cosmogenic neutrinos only above 10 PeV. In this work, we present a new event selection that fills the gap between 1 PeV and 10 PeV. This sample is obtained by selecting high-energy down-going through-going tracks from 8 years of data. To reduce the atmospheric muon backgrounds and achieve a high signal-to-background ratio, we combine two techniques. The first technique selects events with high stochasticity because single muons created by neutrinos lose energy more stochastically than atmospheric muon bundles whose energy losses are smoothened due to large muon multiplicities. The second technique uses the IceTop surface array as a veto of atmospheric background events. To characterize the astrophysical neutrino flux and test the existence of a cut-off in the neutrino energy spectrum at a few PeV, a global fit will be performed by combining this sample with results from the 7-year High Energy Starting Events (HESE) analysis.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000138612
Veröffentlicht am 11.10.2021
DOI: 10.22323/1.395.1137
Zitationen: 2
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Astroteilchenphysik (IAP)
Institut für Experimentelle Teilchenphysik (ETP)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Publikationsdatum 18.03.2022
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1824-8039
KITopen-ID: 1000138612
HGF-Programm 51.13.04 (POF IV, LK 01) Kosmische Strahlung Technologien
Erschienen in Proceedings of 37th International Cosmic Ray Conference — PoS(ICRC2021), Ed.: A. Kappes
Veranstaltung 37th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC 2021), Online, 12.07.2021 – 23.07.2021
Verlag Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA)
Seiten Art.-Nr.: 1137
Serie Pos proceedings of science ; 395
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 30.07.2021
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