High-energy neutrino interaction physics with IceCube
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA 94720 USA
2 University of California, Berkeley, CA, 94720 USA
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Published online: 10 May 2019
Although they are best known for studying astrophysical neutrinos, neutrino telescopes like IceCube can study neutrino interactions, at energies far above those that are accessible at accelerators. In this writeup, I present two IceCube analyses of neutrino interactions at energies far above 1 TeV. The first measures neutrino absorption in the Earth, and, from that determines the neutrino-nucleon cross-section at energies between 6.3 and 980 TeV. We find that the cross-sections are 1.30 +0.21 -0.19 (stat.) +0.39 -0.43 (syst.) times the Standard Model crosssection. We also present a measurement of neutrino inelasticity, using νμ charged-current interactions that occur within IceCube. We have measured the average inelasticity at energies from 1 TeV to above 100 TeV, and found that it is in agreement with the Standard Model expectations. We have also performed a series of fits to this track sample and a matching cascade sample, to probe aspects of the astrophysical neutrino flux, particularly the flavor ratio.
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