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Astronomy Colloquium - "Probing the Ultra-High Energy Universe with the Greenland Neutrino Observatory"

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Department of Astronomy
Astronomy 134
Feb 24, 2015   3:45 pm  
Abigail Vieregg, University of Chicago
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Ultra-high energy neutrino astronomy sits at the boundary between particle physics and astrophysics.  Through neutrino astrophysics, we can probe the nature of the ultra-high energy universe in a unique way and test our understanding of particle physics at energies much greater than those achievable at particle colliders. The best limit to date on the flux of ultra-high energy neutrinos comes from the ANITA experiment, a balloon-borne radio telescope designed to detect coherent radio Cherenkov emission from cosmogenic ultra-high energy neutrinos.  The third flight of the ANITA experiment launched on December 18, 2014 and flew for 22 days, collecting the world’s most sensitive data set at the highest energies.  The future of ultra-high energy neutrino detection lies with ground-based radio arrays, which would represent an enormous leap in sensitivity.  I will discuss the development of a new type of radio detector for the Greenland Neutrino Observatory (GNO), a new radio array at Summit Station in Greenland that will have the sensitivity to discover the highest energy neutrinos even in the most pessimistic of models and will study the high energy cutoff of the astrophysical neutrino flux detected by IceCube.

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