The Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna ultra-high energy neutrino detector: Design, performance, and sensitivity for the 2006-2007 balloon flight

P. W. Gorham, P. Allison, S. W. Barwick, J. J. Beatty, D. Z. Besson, W. R. Binns, C. Chen, P. Chen, J. M. Clem, A. Connolly, P. F. Dowkontt, M. A. DuVernois, R. C. Field, D. Goldstein, A. Goodhue, C. Hast, C. L. Hebert, S. Hoover, M. H. Israel, J. KowalskiJ. G. Learned, K. M. Liewer, J. T. Link, E. Lusczek, S. Matsuno, B. C. Mercurio, C. Miki, P. Miočinović, J. Nam, C. J. Naudet, R. J. Nichol, K. Palladino, K. Reil, A. Romero-Wolf, M. Rosen, L. Ruckman, D. Saltzberg, D. Seckel, G. S. Varner, D. Walz, Y. Wang, C. Williams, F. Wu

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Abstract

We present a comprehensive report on the experimental details of the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) long-duration balloon payload, including the design philosophy and realization, physics simulations, performance of the instrument during its first Antarctic flight completed in January of 2007, and expectations for the limiting neutrino detection sensitivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-41
Number of pages32
JournalAstroparticle Physics
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2009

Keywords

  • Askaryan effect
  • Long-duration balloon payload
  • Neutrinos
  • Ultra-high energy cosmic rays

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