Observation of the Cosmic-ray Shadow of the Moon with IceCube

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dc.contributor.author Santander, Marcos
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-02T13:49:42Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-02T13:49:42Z
dc.date.issued 2014-05-28 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Aartsen, M. G., et al. ( 2014): Observation of the Cosmic-ray Shadow of the Moon with IceCube. Physical Review D, 89(10). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.89.102004 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/5866
dc.description.abstract We report on the observation of a significant deficit of cosmic rays from the direction of the Moon with the IceCube detector. The study of this "Moon shadow" is used to characterize the angular resolution and absolute pointing capabilities of the detector. The detection is based on data taken in two periods before the completion of the detector: between April 2008 and May 2009, when IceCube operated in a partial configuration with 40 detector strings deployed in the South Pole ice, and between May 2009 and May 2010 when the detector operated with 59 strings. Using two independent analysis methods, the Moon shadow has been observed to high significance (>6σ) in both detector configurations. The observed location of the shadow center is within 0.2° of its expected position when geomagnetic deflection effects are taken into account. This measurement validates the directional reconstruction capabilities of IceCube. en_US
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dc.language English en_US
dc.subject Cosmic rays en_US
dc.subject Neutrino, muon, pion, and other elementary particles; cosmic rays en_US
dc.subject Moon en_US
dc.subject Cherenkov detectors en_US
dc.title Observation of the Cosmic-ray Shadow of the Moon with IceCube en_US
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