Supernova neutrinos and the signal from the next galactic supernova

Lawrence M. Krauss

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Abstract

After a review of the mechanism for generating supernova neutrinos, I describe the first results from a comprehensive Monte Carlo analysis which simulated the neutrino signal from a galactic supernova in a large water Cerenkov detector. By exploiting the various features of the signal in a way which is largely independent of the supernova model, a sensitivity to a tau neutrino mass down to the cosmologically interesting range of ≅25 eV for a medium luminosity burst seems possible. In addition, these results allow us to elucidate several aspects of a supernova neutrino signal in water detectors which had not been previously explored, including new results on the observability of the neutronization burst.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-115
Number of pages10
JournalNuclear Physics B (Proceedings Supplements)
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1992

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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