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On probing theta23 in neutrino telescopes


Niro,  Viviana
Division Prof. Dr. Manfred Lindner, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;


Rodejohann,  Werner
Werner Rodejohann - ERC Starting Grant, Junior Research Groups, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Niro, V., Rodejohann, W., & Choubey, S. (2008). On probing theta23 in neutrino telescopes. Physical Review D, 77(11): 113006. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.77.113006.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0011-7938-A
Among all neutrino mixing parameters, the atmospheric neutrino mixing angle theta23 introduces the strongest variation on the flux ratios of ultrahigh-energy neutrinos. We investigate the potential of these flux ratio measurements at neutrino telescopes to constrain theta23. We consider astrophysical neutrinos originating from pion, muon-damped, and neutron sources and make a comparative study of their sensitivity reach to theta23. It is found that neutron sources are most favorable for testing deviations from maximal theta23. Using a chi2 analysis, we show, in particular, the power of combining (i) different flux ratios from the same type of source, and also (ii) combining flux ratios from different astrophysical sources. We include in our analysis “impure” sources, i.e., deviations from the usually assumed initial (1:2:0), (0:1:0), or (1:0:0) flux compositions.