Dick, Frank A.
Medich, David Christopher
Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center
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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
All authors have granted to WPI a nonexclusive royalty-free license to distribute copies of the work, subject to other agreements. Copyright is held by the author or authors, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.