The IceCube Neutrino observatory has discovered an astrophysical neutrino flux in the energy range >1 TeV with their highest energy event ~3 PeV. Although IceCube has excellent muon flavor identification, their ability to identify tau neutrinos is highly limited. We present a concept for observing the tau neutrino flux in the 1-100 PeV range, where a flux is guaranteed and its observation would give further support to the astrophysical origin of the IceCube flux. The design of the observatory requires an acceptance hA?i >400 m2 sr×( PeVE )1.5 to match the ~1 PeV IceCube all-flavor event rate in tau neutrinos provided a ?e: ?µ: ?t = 1: 1: 1 flavor ratio. The energy dependence of the acceptance is designed to match the IceCube best-fit spectral flux index of E-2.5 so the spectrum is evenly sampled in the 1-100 PeV range. We present a background-free implementation with pointing resolution < 1? to begin the era of high energy tau neutrino astronomy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Proceedings of Science|
|State||Published - 2019|
|Event||36th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2019 - Madison, United States|
Duration: Jul 24 2019 → Aug 1 2019
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