Limits on the muon flux from neutralino annihilations at the center of the Earth with AMANDA

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Abstract

A search has been performed for nearly vertically upgoing neutrino-induced muons with the Antarctic Muon And Neutrino Detector Array (AMANDA), using data taken over the three year period 1997-99. No excess above the expected atmospheric neutrino background has been found. Upper limits at 90% confidence level have been set on the annihilation rate of neutralinos at the center of the Earth, as well as on the muon flux at AMANDA induced by neutrinos created by the annihilation products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-139
Number of pages11
JournalAstroparticle Physics
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We acknowledge the support from the following agencies: National Science Foundation-Office of Polar Program, National Science Foundation-Physics Division, University of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Department of Energy, and National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (supported by the Office of Energy Research of the Department of Energy), the NSF-supported TeraGrid system at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA); Swedish Research Council, Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, High Performance Computing Center North (HPC2N), National Supercomputer Centre, and Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Sweden; German Ministry for Education and Research, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany; Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS-FWO), Flanders Institute to encourage scientific and technological research in industry (IWT), Belgian Federal Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural affairs (OSTC); the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO); M. Ribordy acknowledges the support of the SNF (Switzerland); J.D. Zornoza acknowledges the Marie Curie OIF Program (contract 007921).

Keywords

  • AMANDA
  • Dark matter
  • IceCube
  • Neutralino
  • Neutrino telescopes

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