JRG/1: A Large Radio Detector for Neutrinos in the Antarctic Ice


An efficient detector for neutrinos at energies between 10^16 and 10^20 eV will be the ultimate tool to unravel the origin of ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECRs). Despite decades of research, the sources of UHECRs remain elusive, mostly due to complex interactions of the charged particles and deflection in magnetic fields. Measuring the neutrino flux related to UHECRs will provide a final say on the sources of UHECRs. Currently operating neutrino detectors are too small for the low flux and cannot be extended to volumes that promise a detection, at least not within a realistic budget. The most promising detection technique is radio detection, which can be used to instrument two orders of magnitude larger volumes than current detectors at moderate costs. Pilot-arrays have proven the suitability of the method, however, the scaling of the current arrays needs additional work with respect to an efficient detector design, analysis methods and sensitivity studies. This proposal will elaborate how the proposer is an excellent position to ensure a successful installation and operation of a large radio detector for neutrinos within the Emmy Noether Program as part of a large international collaboration.


Principal Investigators
Nelles, Anna Dr. (Details) (Junior Research Groups)

Duration of Project
Start date: 03/2018
End date: 02/2021

Research Areas
Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Relativity, Fields

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