Jul 5 – 12, 2017
Venice, Italy
Europe/Zurich timezone
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Search for tau neutrinos at PeV energies and beyond with the MAGIC telescopes

Jul 6, 2017, 4:58 PM
Room Martinelli (Palazzo del Casinò)

Room Martinelli

Palazzo del Casinò

Parallel Talk Astroparticle Physics Astroparticle physics


Dr Dariusz Gora (Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN) Marina Manganaro (IAC - Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias)


The MAGIC telescopes, located at the Roque de los Muchachos
Observatory (2200 a.s.l.) in the Canary Island of La Palma,
are placed on the top of a mountain, from where a window of visibility of about $5^{\circ}$ in zenith and $80^{\circ}$ in azimuth is open in the direction of the surrounding ocean. This permits to search for a signature of particle showers induced by earth-skimming cosmic tau neutrinos in the PeV to EeV energy range arising from the ocean. We have studied the response of MAGIC to such events, employing Monte Carlo simulations of upward-going tau neutrino showers. The analysis of the shower images shows that air showers induced by tau neutrinos can be discriminated from the hadronic background coming from a similar direction. We have calculated the point source acceptance and the expected event rates, assuming an incoming tau neutrino flux consistent with IceCube measurements, and for a sample of generic neutrino fluxes
from photo-hadronic interactions in AGNs and GRBs. The analysis of about 30 hours of data taken toward the sea leads to a point source sensitivity for tau neutrinos at the level of the down-going point source analysis of the Pierre Auger Observatory, but the diffuse limit is less constraining with respect to the IceCube diffuse results for tau neutrinos.

Experimental Collaboration the MAGIC Collaboration

Primary authors

Dr Dariusz Gora (Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN) Marina Manganaro (IAC - Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias) Prof. Elisa Bernardini (DESY and Humboldt University, Germany) Dr Michele Doro (University and INFN Padova) Dr Martin Will (Inst. de Astrofísica de Canarias,) Dr Javier Rico (Institut de Fisica d'Altes Energies (IFAE)) Dr Saverio Lombardi (INAF-OAR and ASDC, Rome, Italy ) Dr Dorota Sobczynska (University of Lodz)

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