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Introduction

  • Vladimir Kulikovskiy
Chapter
Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Abstract

Neutrinos are the lightest known massive particles and they can interact only by weak interaction. These properties allow them to act as a unique transmitter of information. They can pass through the interstellar matter, escape from the dense cores of astrophysical sources and travel without any deflections even through strong magnetic fields. Neutrinos provide information complementary to photons and astronomers aim to use these probes to look deeper in space, look behind the sources or inside them. In this chapter, high energy neutrino astrophysics is introduced. Motivating ideas and evidences of neutrino sources are described in Sect. 1.1. Neutrino detection is described in Sect. 1.2 starting from neutrino interaction with matter and focusing on the optical method of neutrino detection in which the products of interaction are detected by Cerenkov light emitted in the medium. Finally, atmospheric muons and neutrinos are introduced which present the main component of the background noise.

Keywords

Dark Matter Neutrino Oscillation Neutrino Interaction Neutrino Flux Neutrino Telescope 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversità degli Studi di GenovaGenoaItaly

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