Jul 12 – 23, 2021
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Polarization Reconstruction of Cosmic Rays with the ARIANNA Neutrino Radio Detector

Jul 14, 2021, 12:00 PM
1h 30m


Talk NU | Neutrinos & Muons Discussion


Mr Leshan Zhao


The ARIANNA detector is designed to detect neutrinos of energies above $10^{16} eV$. Due to the similarity in generated radio signals, cosmic rays are often used as test beams for neutrino detectors. Some ARIANNA detector stations are equipped with antennas capable of detecting air showers. The radio emission properties of air showers are well understood, and the polarization of the radio signal can be predicted from arrival direction with high precision. For this reason, cosmic rays can be used as a proxy to assess the reconstruction capabilities of the ARIANNA neutrino detector. We report on dedicated efforts of reconstructing the polarization of cosmic-ray radio pulses. A total of 245 cosmic rays are identified from over 90,000 triggered events collected between Dec 1, 2018 and Mar 15, 2019. A cut was put on these events requiring them to have a signal-to-noise (SNR) ratio of at least 5 in all upward-facing channels. Polarization of these cosmic rays were reconstructed with a resolution of 4 degrees (68% containment), which agrees with the expected value we obtained from simulation.


Askaryan; cosmic ray; calibration source; UHE neutrino detector; polarization; radio; indirect; measurement

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