PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 358 - 36th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2019) - NU - Neutrino
Coherent radar reflections from an electron-beam induced particle cascade
S. Prohira,* K.D. Vries, D. Besson, A. Connolly, S. Wissel, D. Saltzberg, T. Meures, P. Allison, X. Zuo, J. Ralston, Z. Riesen, J. Nam, U.A. Latif, J. Torres, A. Nozdrina, J. Beatty, S. Toscano, N.V. Eijndhoven, C. Sbrocco on behalf of the T-576 Collaboration
*corresponding author
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Abstract
Experiment T-576 ran at SLAC in 2018, in development of a new radar-based detection scheme for ultra-high energy neutrinos. In this experiment, the electron beam (N$\sim10^9e^{-}$ at $\sim 10$ GeV) was directed into a plastic target to simulate a $10^{19}$ eV neutrino-induced shower in ice. This shower was interrogated with radio frequency (RF) radiation, in an attempt to measure a radar-like reflection from the ionization produced in the target during the particle shower. This technique could be employed to detect the rare interactions of ultra-high-energy neutrinos in dense material, such as polar ice sheets, extending the extant energy range of detected neutrinos up to EeV and beyond. In this proceeding, we detail the experiment and present results from the analysis and the observation of a signal consistent with a radar signal.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.358.0986
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