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

A large fiber sensor network for an acoustic neutrino telescope

9 Jun 2016, 11:50
Groningen, Netherlands

Groningen, Netherlands

Hampshire Plaza Hotel


Dr Ernst-Jan Buis (TNO)


The scientific prospects of detecting neutrinos with an energy close or even higher
than the GKZ cut-off energy has been discussed extensively in literature. It is clear
that due to their expected low flux, the detection of these ultra-high energy neutrinos
($E_\nu > 10^{18}$ eV ) requires an telescope larger than 100 km$^3$. Acoustic detection [1, 2]
may provide a way to observe these ultra-high energy cosmic neutrinos, as sound
induced in the deep sea by their loss travels undisturbed for many kilometers so that
a large neutrino telescope can be established. To realize such a telescope, acoustic
detection technology must be developed that allows for a large deep sea sensor network.

Fiber optic hydrophone technology is a promising means to establish large a scale
sensor network [3] with the proper sensitivity to detect the small signals from the neu-
trino interactions. In this talk we present an update of the research and development
of the fiber hydrophone technology at TNO. We report on the recent progress related
to sensor developement as well as R&D on sensor networks.

[1] G. A. Askaryan. Acoustic recording of neutrinos. Zemlia i Vselennaia, 1:13–16, 1979.
[2] J. G. Learned. Acoustic radiation by charged atomic particles in liquids: An analysis.
Phys. Rev. D, 19:3293–3307, June 1979.
[3] E. J. Buis et al. Fibre laser hydrophones for cosmic ray particle detection. Journal of
Instrumentation, 9(03):C03051, 2014.

Primary author


Mr Ed Doppenberg (TNO, Technical Sciences) Mr Peter Toet (TNO, Technical Sciences) Dr Robert Lahmann (ECAP, University of Erlangen)

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