Charm contribution to ultrahigh-energy neutrinos from newborn magnetars

Jose Alonso Carpio, Kohta Murase, Mary Hall Reno, Ina Sarcevic, Anna Stasto

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Abstract

Newborn, strongly magnetized neutron stars (so-called magnetars) surrounded by their stellar or merger ejecta are expected to be sources of ultrahigh-energy neutrinos via decay of mesons produced in hadronic interactions of protons which are accelerated to ultrahigh energies by magnetic dissipation of the spindown energy. We show that not only pions and kaons but also charm hadrons, which are typically neglected due to their small production cross sections, can represent dominant contributions to neutrino fluence at ultrahigh energies, because of their short lifetimes, while the ultrahigh-energy neutrino fluence from pion and kaon production is suppressed at early times due to their significant cooling before their decay. We show that the next-generation detectors such as Probe Of Extreme Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (POEMMA), Giant Radio Array for Neutrino Detection (GRAND) and IceCube-Gen2 have a good chance of observing neutrinos, primarily originating from charm hadrons, from nearby magnetars. We also show that neutrinos from nearby magnetar-driven merger novae could be observed in the time interval between 102 s and 103 s, where the charm hadron contribution is dominant for neutrino energies above 108 GeV, of relevance to next generation detectors. We also comment on potential impacts of the charm hadron contribution to the diffuse neutrino flux.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103001
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume102
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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