Study of TeV neutrinos with upward showering muons in Super-Kamiokande

S. Desai, K. Abe, Y. Hayato, K. Iida, K. Ishihara, J. Kameda, Y. Koshio, A. Minamino, C. Mitsuda, M. Miura, S. Moriyama, M. Nakahata, Y. Obayashi, H. Ogawa, M. Shiozawa, Y. Suzuki, A. Takeda, Y. Takeuchi, K. Ueshima, H. WatanabeS. Yamada, I. Higuchi, C. Ishihara, M. Ishitsuka, T. Kajita, K. Kaneyuki, G. Mitsuka, S. Nakayama, H. Nishino, K. Okumura, C. Saji, Y. Takenaga, S. T. Clark, F. Dufour, E. Kearns, S. Likhoded, J. L. Raaf, J. L. Stone, L. R. Sulak, W. Wang, M. Goldhaber, D. Casper, J. P. Cravens, J. Dunmore, W. R. Kropp, D. W. Liu, S. Mine, C. Regis, M. B. Smy, H. W. Sobel, M. R. Vagins, K. S. Ganezer, B. Hartfiel, J. Hill, W. E. Keig, J. S. Jang, I. S. Jeong, J. Y. Kim, I. T. Lim, M. Fechner, K. Scholberg, N. Tanimoto, C. W. Walter, R. Wendell, S. Tasaka, G. Guillian, J. G. Learned, S. Matsuno, M. D. Messier, A. K. Ichikawa, T. Ishida, T. Ishii, T. Kobayashi, T. Nakadaira, K. Nakamura, K. Nitta, Y. Oyama, Y. Totsuka, A. T. Suzuki, M. Hasegawa, K. Hiraide, I. Kato, H. Maesaka, T. Nakaya, K. Nishikawa, T. Sasaki, H. Sato, S. Yamamoto, M. Yokoyama, T. J. Haines, S. Dazeley, S. Hatakeyama, R. Svoboda, M. Swanson, A. Clough, R. Gran, A. Habig, Y. Fukuda, T. Sato, Y. Itow, T. Koike, T. Tanaka, C. K. Jung, T. Kato, K. Kobayashi, C. McGrew, A. Sarrat, R. Terri, C. Yanagisawa, N. Tamura, Y. Idehara, M. Sakuda, M. Sugihara, Y. Kuno, M. Yoshida, S. B. Kim, B. S. Yang, J. Yoo, T. Ishizuka, H. Okazawa, Y. Choi, H. K. Seo, Y. Gando, T. Hasegawa, K. Inoue, Y. Furuse, H. Ishii, K. Nishijima, H. Ishino, Y. Watanabe, M. Koshiba, D. Kielczewska, H. Berns, K. K. Shiraishi, E. Thrane, K. Washburn, R. J. Wilkes

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A subset of neutrino-induced upward through-going muons in the Super-Kamiokande detector consists of high-energy muons which lose energy through radiative processes such as bremsstrahlung, e+ e- pair production and photonuclear interactions. These "upward showering muons" comprise an event sample whose mean parent neutrino energy is approximately 1 TeV. We show that the zenith angle distribution of upward showering muons is consistent with negligible distortion due to neutrino oscillations, as expected of such a high-energy neutrino sample. We present astronomical searches using these high-energy events, such as those from WIMP annihilations in the Sun, Earth and Galactic Center, some suspected point sources, as well as searches for diffuse flux from the interstellar medium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-54
Number of pages13
JournalAstroparticle Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the Kamioka Mining and Smelting Company. The Super-Kamiokande experiment has been built and operated from funding by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, the United States Department of Energy, and the US National Science Foundation, with support for individual researchers from Research Corporation’s Cottrell College Science Award.


  • 95.55.Ka
  • 95.55.Vj
  • 96.40.Pq
  • Astrophysics
  • High-energy neutrinos
  • Muon energy losses


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