Faculty Advisor

Dick, Frank A.

Faculty Advisor

Medich, David Christopher

Abstract

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory detects astrophysical tau neutrinos by measuring optical Cerenkov light produced from interactions in ice. A 1:1:1 ratio between the three flavours (electron, muon, and tau) is expected. Thus far, no tau neutrinos have been detected. Within a certain energy range, a double-pulse waveform of light is expected. Monte Carlo methods were used to simulate data from tau neutrino events in ice by setting up an ice environment with a detector to count the number of optical photons that hit the detector over time. Each charged particle was simulated individually then a net signal was produced showing tallies of the total luminosity. This showed that while at 100 GeV, no double pulse is produced.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Major

Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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