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Perturbative charm production and the prompt atmospheric neutrino flux in light of RHIC and LHC
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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, High Energy Physics. (Theoretical high energy physics)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0452-0671
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2015 (English)In: Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP), ISSN 1126-6708, E-ISSN 1029-8479, Vol. 6, 110Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We re-evaluate the prompt atmospheric neutrino flux, using the measured charm cross sections at RHIC and the Large Hadron Collider to constrain perturbative QCD parameters such as the factorization and renormalization scales, as well as modern parton distribution functions and recent estimates of the cosmic-ray spectra. We find that our result for the prompt neutrino flux is lower than previous perturbative QCD estimates and, consequently, alters the signal-to-background statistics of the recent IceCube measurements at high energies.

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2015. Vol. 6, 110
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High energy neutrinos, charm quarks, QCD, atmospheric neutrinos
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Subatomic Physics
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Physics with specialization in Elementary Particle Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-243194DOI: 10.1007/JHEP06(2015)110ISI: 000358315200001OAI: diva2:786337
Swedish Research Council, 2007-4071Swedish Research Council, 621-2011-5107
Available from: 2015-02-05 Created: 2015-02-05 Last updated: 2016-10-06Bibliographically approved

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