7-10 June 2016
Groningen, Netherlands
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Search for Cosmic Particles with the Moon

7 Jun 2016, 11:50
20m
Groningen, Netherlands

Groningen, Netherlands

Speaker

Dr Tobias Winchen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Description

The low flux of the ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECR) at the highest
energeis provides a challenge to answer the long standing question about their
origin and nature. A significant increase in the number of detected UHECR is
expected to be achieved by employing Earth's moon as detector, and search for
short radio pulses that are emitted when a particle interacts in the lunar
rock. Observation of these short pulses with current and future radio
telescopes also allows to search for the even lower fluxes of neutrinos with
energies above $10^{22}$ eV, that are predicted in certain Grand-Unifying-Theories
(GUTs), and e.g. models for super-heavy dark matter (SHDM). In this
contribution we present the initial design for such a search with the LOFAR
radio telescope.

Primary author

Dr Tobias Winchen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Co-authors

Dr Anna Nelles (University of California Irvine) Antonio Bonardi (IMAPP - Radboud University Nijmegen) Arthur Corstanje (Radboud University Nijmegen) Gia Trinh (KVI-CART, University of Groningen) Heino Falcke (Radboud University Nijmegen) J.E. Enriquez (Radboud University Nijmegen) Jörg Hörandel (Ru Nijmegen/Nikhef) Jörg Paul Rachen (IMAPP / Radboud University Nijmegen) Dr Katie Mulrey (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) Laura Rossetto (Radboud University Nijmegen) Olaf Scholten (KVI-CART, Univ. of Groningen) Pim Schellart (R) Pragati Mitra (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) Sander ter Veen (ASTRON) Satyendra Thoudam (Radboud University) Stijn Buitink (Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB))

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