GRBNeT – A prototype for an autonomous underwater neutrino detector
1 Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics, N.C.S.R. Demokritos, Patriarchou Grigoriou and Neapoleos 27, Agia Paraskevi, Greece
2 National Technical University of Athens, Heroon Polytechniou 9, Zografou Campus, Greece
3 Faculty of Physics, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Zografou Campus, Greece
Published online: 11 April 2016
GRBNeT is a project aiming at the detection of ultra–high energy neutrinos, for example neutrinos originating from Gamma Ray Bursts. The goal is to design, construct and deploy a prototype unit of an autonomous (data/energy–wise) neutrino detector. Being autonomous is crucial since for the detection of ultra–high energy neutrinos a very large volume of water is required. Large scale facilities such as IceCube and KM3NeT are designed to be more sensitive to galactic and diffuse flux neutrinos rather than extragalactic ultra–high energy neutrinos. However, their sensitivity to such neutrinos could be increased by placing around and at larger distances detectors such as the one of the GRBNeT project. This extension would increase the instrumented volume of neutrino telescopes to several cubic kilometres. In addition to that, as no cable connection to the shore is required, GRBNeT detection units cost significantly less than regular detection units and can become a cost effective extension of large scale facilities. For the GRBNeT prototype unit ultra low power electronics have been developed. The response to high energy neutrinos from GRBs and to the atmospheric muon background has been simulated.
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