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Evaluation of expected solar flare neutrino events in the IceCube observatory

  • Submitted by: Gwenhaël de Wasseige, IIHE, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Authors: G. de Wasseige, P. Evenson, K. Hanson, N. van Eijndhoven, and K. Klein
  • Session: Tuesday morning posters.

Since the end of the eighties and in response to an increase in the total neutrino flux in the Homestake experiment in coincidence with a solar flare, solar neutrino detectors have searched for solar flare signals. Neutrinos from the decay of mesons, which are themselves produced in collisions of accelerated protons with the solar atmosphere, would provide a novel window on the underlying physics of the acceleration process.

For our studies we focus on the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a cubic kilometer neutrino detector located at the geographical South Pole. Due to its supernova data acquisition system and its DeepCore component, dedicated to low energy neutrinos, IceCube may be sensitive to solar flare neutrinos and thus permit either a measurement of the signal or the establishment of more stringent upper limits on the solar flare neutrino flux. We will present an approach for a time profile analysis based on a stacking method and an evaluation of a possible solar flare signal in IceCube using the Geant4 toolkit.

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