The Search for Tau Neutrinos in IceCube Data

The Search for Tau Neutrinos in IceCube Data

Center for Relativistic Astrophysics Seminar


January 15, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm




1-90 (CRA Visualization Lab)



University of Alabama

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory has reported a diffuse flux of TeV-PeV astrophysical neutrinos in three years of data. The observation of tau neutrinos in the astrophysical neutrino signal is of great interest in determining the nature of astrophysical neutrino oscillations. Tau neutrinos become distinguishable from other flavors in IceCube at energies above a few hundred TeV, when the particle shower from the initial charged current interaction can be separated from the cascade from the tau decay: the two cascades are called a "double bang" signature. I will discuss the search for tau neutrinos in IceCube, including an analysis which uses the digitized signal from individual IceCube sensors to resolve the two showers, in order to be sensitive to taus at as low an energy as possible. This is the first IceCube search to be more sensitive to tau neutrinos than to any other flavor. I will present the results and prospects for future high energy tau neutrino searches in IceCube and beyond.