13-18 December 2015
International Conference Centre Geneva
Europe/Zurich timezone

IceCube and the discovery of high-energy cosmic neutrinos

17 Dec 2015, 09:00
35m
Level 0, Room 2 (International Conference Centre Geneva)

Level 0, Room 2

International Conference Centre Geneva

17 Rue de Varembé, 1211 Geneva

Speaker

Prof. Francis Halzen (IceCube/WIPAC)

Description

The IceCube project has transformed one cubic kilometer of natural Antarctic ice into a neutrino detector. The instrument detects more than 100,000 neutrinos per year in the GeV to PeV energy range. Among those, we have recently isolated a flux of high-energy cosmic neutrinos. I will discuss the instrument, the analysis of the data, and the significance of the discovery of cosmic neutrinos. The high cosmic neutrino flux observed implies that a significant fraction of the radiation in the non-thermal universe, powered by compact objects from neutron stars to supermassive black holes, is generated by accelerating protons and not just electrons.

Primary author

Prof. Francis Halzen (IceCube/WIPAC)

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