High-energy neutrino signatures of newborn pulsars in the local universe /

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Author / Creator:Fang, Ke, author.
Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2015
Description:1 electronic resource (38 pages)
Format: E-Resource Dissertations
Local Note:School code: 0330
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/10773229
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Other authors / contributors:University of Chicago. degree granting institution.
Notes:Advisors: Angela V. Olinto Committee members: Scott Dodelson; Paolo Privitera; Scott Wakely.
Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 77-02(E), Section: B.
Summary:Charged particles can be accelerated to higher than PeV energies in the electro-magnetic wind of a fast-spinning newborn pulsar to produce high-energy neutrinos, through hadronuclear interactions in the supernova remnant. Here we explore the detectability and observational signatures of these high-energy neutrinos. We show that their spectral index varies approximately from 1.5 to 2, depending on the relevant pulsar properties and observation time. We also apply the scenario to existing young pulsars in the local universe and find the corresponding neutrino flux well below current detection limits. Finally, we estimate the birth rate of fast-spinning pulsars in the local Universe that can be observed by the IceCube observatory to be 0.02 per year.