Apr 22 – 24, 2008
Palais Neptune Conference Center, Toulon
Europe/Paris timezone

Flavor Distribution of UHE Neutrino Oscillations at Neutrino Telescopes

Apr 22, 2008, 5:00 PM
Salle Colbert (Palais Neptune Conference Center, Toulon)

Salle Colbert

Palais Neptune Conference Center, Toulon

Palais des Congrès Neptune Place de Besagne Centre Commercial Mayol


Prof. Zhi-Zhong XING (Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences)


If the ultrahigh-energy (UHE) neutrino fluxes produced from a distant astrophysical source can be measured at a km^3-size neutrino telescope, they will provide a promising way to help determine the flavor mixing pattern of three active neutrinos. Considering the conventional UHE neutrino source with the flavor ratio \phi_e : \phi_\mu : \phi_\tau = 1 : 2 : 0, I will show that \phi_e : \phi_\mu : \phi_\tau = (1 -2 \Delta) : (1 +\Delta) : (1 +\Delta) holds at the detector of a neutrino telescope, where \Delta characterizes the effect of \mu-\tau symmetry breaking (i.e., \theta_{13} \neq 0 and \theta_{23}\neq \pi/4). Current experimental data yield -0.1 \leq \Delta \leq +0.1. Furthermore, I will propose a parametrization for the flavor composition of UHE neutrino fluxes produced from an arbitrary astrophysical sources: \phi_e : \phi_\mu : \phi_\tau = \sin^2 \xi \cos^2 \zeta : \cos^2 \xi \cos^2 \zeta : \sin^2 \zeta. I show that it is possible to determine or constrain \xi and \zeta by observing two independent neutrino flux ratios at neutrino telescopes, provided three neutrino mixing angles and the Dirac CP-violating phase have been well measured in neutrino oscillations. Any deviation of \zeta from zero will signify the existence of cosmic \nu^{}_\tau and \overline{\nu}^{}_\tau neutrinos at the source, and an accurate value of \xi can be used to test both the conventional mechanism and the postulated scenarios for cosmic neutrino production.

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