Geo-Neutrinos: from Theory to the KamLAND Results

  • Giovanni Fiorentini
  • Marcello Lissia
  • Fabio Mantovani
  • Barbara Ricci
Conference paper


Earth shines in antineutrinos produced from long-lived radioactive elements: detection of this signal can provide a direct test of the Bulk Silicate Earth (BSE) model and fix the radiogenic contribution to the terrestrial heat flow. In this paper we present a systematic approach to geo-neutrino production based on global mass balance, supplemented by a detailed geochemical and geophysical study of the region near the detector, in order to build theoretical constraints on the expected signal. We show that the prediction is weakly dependent on mantle modeling while it requires a good description of the crust composition in the region of the detector site. In 2005 the KamLAND experiment proved that the technique for exploiting geo-neutrinos in the investigation of the Earth’s interior is now available. After performing an analysis of KamLAND data which includes recent high precision measurements of the 13C(α, n)16O cross section, we discuss the potential of future experiments for assessing the amount of uranium and thorium in different reservoirs (crust, mantle and core) of the Earth.


Continental Crust Lower Mantle KamLAND Collaboration Bulk Silicate Earth Uranium Mass 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Fiorentini
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marcello Lissia
    • 3
    • 4
  • Fabio Mantovani
    • 2
    • 5
    • 6
  • Barbara Ricci
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità di FerraraFerraraItaly
  2. 2.Istituto Nazionale di Fisica NucleareSezione di FerraraFerraraItaly
  3. 3.Istituto Nazionale di Fisica NucleareSezione di CagliariMonserrato (CA)Italy
  4. 4.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità di CagliariMonserrato (CA)Italy
  5. 5.Dipartimento di Scienze della TerraUniversità di SienaSienaItaly
  6. 6.Centro di GeoTecnologie CGTSan Giovanni ValdarnoItaly

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