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The NuMoon Experiment: Lunar Detection of Cosmic Rays and Neutrinos with LOFAR

Krampah, Godwin Komla; Buitink, Stijn; Corstanje, Arthur; Falcke, Heino; Hare, Brian M.; Hörandel, Jörg R.; Huege, Tim 1; Mulrey, Kathrine; Mitra, Pragati; Nelles, Anna; Pandya, Hershel; Rachen, Jörg P.; Scholten, Olaf; Veen, Sander ter; Thoudam, Satyendra; Trinh, T. N. G.; Winchen, Tobias
1 Institut für Astroteilchenphysik (IAP), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


The low flux of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) makes it challenging to understand their origin and nature. A very large effective aperture is provided by the Lunar Askaryan technique. Particle cascades in a dielectric medium produce radio emission through the Askaryan effect. Ground based radio telescopes are used to search for nanosecond radio pulses that are produced when cosmic rays or neutrinos interact with the Moon’s surface. The LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) is currently the largest radio array operating at frequencies between 110−190 MHz; the optimum frequency range for Lunar signal search and 30−80 MHz for radio detection of air showers. One minute of observation has been carried out with six LOFAR stations beam-formed towards the Moon. In this contribution, we present some preliminary results of the analysis of the data and a complete description of the analysis steps.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000138619
Veröffentlicht am 11.10.2021
DOI: 10.22323/1.395.1148
Zitationen: 3
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Astroteilchenphysik (IAP)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Publikationsdatum 18.03.2022
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1824-8039
KITopen-ID: 1000138619
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.: 1148
Serie Proceedings of Science / International School for Advanced Studies ; 395
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 06.07.2021
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