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Cosmic-ray neutrinos from the decay of long-lived particle and the recent IceCube result

By Yohei Ema, Ryusuke Jinno and Takeo Moroi

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AbstractMotivated by the recent IceCube result, we study high energy cosmic-ray neutrino flux from the decay of a long-lived particle. Because neutrinos are so transparent, high energy neutrinos produced in the past may also contribute to the present neutrino flux. We point out that the PeV neutrino events observed by IceCube may originate in the decay of a particle much heavier than PeV if its lifetime is shorter than the present cosmic time. It is shown that the mass of the particle responsible for the IceCube event can be as large as ∼1010 GeV. We also discuss several possibilities to acquire information about the lifetime of the long-lived particle

Publisher: The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.physletb.2014.04.021
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