Improved flux limits for particles with energies in excess of 10 22 eV and the status of the Nu- Moon@LOFAR observations

O. Scholten, M. Van Akker, L. Bähren, S. Buitink, A. Corstanje, R. McFadden, A. Horneffer, H. Falcke, J. Hörandel, C. W. James, J. L. Kelley, M. Mevius, P. Schellart, K. Singh, B. Stappers, S. Thoudam, S. Ter Veen

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Abstract

When Ultra-high-energy (UHE) neutrinos or cosmic rays interact in the lunar surface they will initiate a particle cascade. These cascades have a sizeable negative charge excess and radiate coherent Cherenkov radio emission in a process known as the Askaryan effect. The optimal frequency window for observing these pulses with radio telescopes on the Earth lies around 150 MHz. Using this principle we are able to set a limit on the flux of both UHE neutrinos and UHE cosmic rays with 47.6 hours of observation time with the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope array. In the near future, the digital radio array LOFAR will be used to perform a more sensitive observation. The status of this project, the NuMoon project, will be presented including the results of a complete simulation of the sensitivity.

Original languageBritish English
Pages6-9
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event32nd International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2011 - Beijing, China
Duration: 11 Aug 201118 Aug 2011

Conference

Conference32nd International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2011
Country/TerritoryChina
CityBeijing
Period11/08/1118/08/11

Keywords

  • New experiments and instrumentation

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