TERRAPUB Earth, Planets and Space

Earth Planets Space, Vol. 62 (No. 2), pp. 205-209, 2010

High energy neutrinos to see inside the Earth

E. Borriello1,2, G. De Lellis1,2, G. Mangano2,1, A. Marotta1,2, G. Miele1,2,3, P. Migliozzi2,1, C. Moura2, S. Pastor3, O. Pisanti1,2, P. Strolin1,2, and A. Zollo1

1Universitá "Federico II", Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Complesso Universitario di Monte S.Angelo, Via Cithia, 80126, Napoli, Italy
2INFN—Sezione di Napoli—Complesso Universitario di Monte S.Angelo, Via Cithia, 80126, Napoli, Italy
3Instituto de Física Corpuscular (CSIC-Universitat de Valéncia), Ed. Institutos de Investigación, Apartado de Correos 22085, E-46071 Valéncia, Spain

(Received October 29, 2008; Revised June 17, 2009; Accepted June 17, 2009; Online published February 22, 2010)

Abstract: The new chances offered by elementary particles as probes of the internal structure of our planet are briefly reviewed, by paying particular attention to the case of high energy neutrinos. In particular, the new results concerning the shadow of mountains on ντ flux at Pierre Auger Observatory is briefly discussed, and moreover the possibility to use the tail of atmospheric neutrinos to probe the core/mantle transition region is just sketched.
Key words: High energy cosmic rays, neutrinos, Earth radial density profile.

Corresponding author E-mail: miele@na.infn.it

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