Intrinsic and oscillated astrophysical neutrino flavor ratios revisited

H. Athar, C. S. Kim, Jake Lee

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Abstract

The pp interactions taking place in the cosmos around us are a source of the astrophysical neutrinos of all the three flavors. In these interactions, the electron and the muon neutrinos mainly come from the production and the decay of the π± mesons, whereas the tau neutrinos mainly come from the production and the decay of the DS± mesons. We estimate the three intrinsic neutrino flavor ratios for 1 GeV ≤ E ≤ 1012 GeV in the pp interactions and found them to be 1:2:3 × 10-5. We study the effects of neutrino oscillations on these intrinsic ratios. We point out that the three ratios become 1:1:1 if L(pc)/E(GeV) ≥ 10-10 in the presence of neutrino oscillations, where L is the distance to the astrophysical neutrino source in units of parsecs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1049-1065
Number of pages17
JournalModern Physics Letters A
Volume21
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Apr 30

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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