Beams of neutrinos have been proposed as a vehicle for communications under unusual circumstances, such as direct point-to-point global communication, communication with submarines, secure communications and interstellar communication. We report on the performance of a low-rate communications link established using the NuMI beam line and the MINERvA detector at Fermilab. The link achieved a decoded data rate of 0.1 bits/sec with a bit error rate of 1% over a distance of 1.035 km, including 240 m of earth.
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This work was supported by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, which is operated by the Fermi Research Alliance, LLC, under contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11359, including the MINERvA construction project, with the United States Department of Energy. Construction support also was granted by the United States National Science foundation under NSF Award PHY-0619727 and by the University of Rochester. Support for participating scientists was provided by NASA, NSF and DOE (USA) by CAPES and CNPq (Brazil), by CoNaCyT (Mexico), by CONICYT (Chile), by CONCYTEC, DGI-PUCP and IDI-UNI (Peru), by Latin American Center for Physics (CLAF) and by FASI (Russia). Additional support came from Jeffress Memorial Trust (M.K.), and Research Corporation (E.M.). Finally, the authors are grateful to the staff of Fermilab for their contribution to this effort, in particular to Jim Hylen for his tireless support of the NuMI neutrino beamline.