Perturbative charm production and the prompt atmospheric neutrino flux in light of RHIC and LHC

Atri Bhattacharya, Rikard Enberg, Mary Hall Reno, Ina Sarcevic, Anna Stasto

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Abstract: 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number110
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 27 2015



  • Neutrino Physics
  • QCD
  • Solar and Atmospheric Neutrinos

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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