The Askaryan Effect in Dense Media

  • Thomas MeuresEmail author
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As we have seen in the last chapter, GZK neutrinos only arrive very rarely at Earth, i.e. they interact roughly once per \({1}\,\mathrm{{km}}^3\)/year in dense matter like ice and water. Large detector volumes are necessary to efficiently catch such neutrinos. In this chapter the emission of coherent radio waves from an excess negative charge in cascades, induced by ultra-high energy neutrinos, as first discussed by Askaryan in the sixties [1, 2] will be presented. The attenuation length for so-called Askaryan emission can be on the order of one kilometer in ice or similar radio-transparent materials, which renders feasible the construction of large neutrino detectors such as the Askaryan Radio Array (ARA).


Pair Production Primary Energy Observation Angle Energy Loss Mechanism Large Detector Volume 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université Libre de Bruxelles – IIHEBrusselsBelgium

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