|The Australia Telescope National Facility Colloquium|
|15:00-15:45 Tue 29 Jul 2008|
ATNF Basement Meeting Room
(University of Adelaide)
Towards Ultra-High Energy Neutrino and Cosmic-Ray Astronomy with the Moon and Radio Telescopes - Clancy James Special Talk
Ultra-high energy (UHE) cosmic rays are the highest-energy particles observed in nature. Despite decades of study, their origin is still unknown, partly due to their extreme rarity (~1 per km² per century). A key to resolving this mystery will be observations of UHE neutrinos. A method to detect the UHE neutrinos is the lunar Cherenkov technique, which involves using a radio-telescope to observe the characteristic ~1 ns pulses expected from these particles interacting in the outer layers of the Moon. In this talk I discuss the progress we have made to develop this technique.
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