Bolometric detection of neutrinos

Blas Cabrera, Lawrence M. Krauss, Frank Wilczek

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Abstract

Elastic neutrino scattering off electrons in crystalline silicon at 1-10 mK results in measurable temperature changes in macroscopic amounts of material, even for low-energy (<0.41 MeV) pp ν's from the sun. We propose new detectors for bolometric measurement of low-energy ν interactions, including coherent nuclear elastic scattering. A new and more sensitive search for oscillations of reactor antineutrinos is practical (∼100 Kg of Si), and would lay the groundwork for a more ambitious measurement of the spectrum pp, Be7 and B8 solar ν's, and supernovae anywhere in our galaxy (∼10 tons of Si).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

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Cabrera, B., Krauss, L. M., & Wilczek, F. (1985). Bolometric detection of neutrinos. Physical Review Letters, 55(1), 25-28. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.55.25