EPJ Web of Conferences
Volume 99, 2015ISVHECRI 2014 – 18th International Symposium on Very High Energy Cosmic Ray Interactions
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Neutrinos and Inclusive Muons, Part I|
|Published online||03 August 2015|
Atmospheric lepton fluxes
Bartol Research Institute, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
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Published online: 3 August 2015
This review of atmospheric muons and neutrinos emphasizes the high energy range relevant for backgrounds to high-energy neutrinos of astrophysical origin. After a brief historical introduction, the main distinguishing features of atmospheric νμ and νe are discussed, along with the implications of the muon charge ratio for the νµ / ν̅µ ratio. Methods to account for effects of the knee in the primary cosmic-ray spectrum and the energy-dependence of hadronic interactions on the neutrino fluxes are discussed and illustrated in the context of recent results from IceCube. A simple numerical/analytic method is proposed for systematic investigation of uncertainties in neutrino fluxes arising from uncertainties in the primary cosmic-ray spectrum/composition and hadronic interactions.
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