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Could one find petroleum using neutrino oscillations in matter?
KTH, Superseded Departments, Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3525-8349
2002 (English)In: Europhysics letters, ISSN 0295-5075, E-ISSN 1286-4854, Vol. 60, no 1, 34-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In neutrino physics, it is now widely believed that neutrino oscillations are influenced by the presence of matter, modifying the energy spectrum produced by a neutrino beam traversing the Earth. Here, we will discuss the reverse problem, i.e. what could be learned about the Earth's interior from a single neutrino baseline energy spectrum, especially about the Earth's mantle. We will use a statistical analysis with a low-energy neutrino beam under very optimistic assumptions. At the end, we will note that it is hard to find petroleum with such a method, though it is not too far away from technical feasibility.

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EDP Sciences / IOP Publishing , 2002. Vol. 60, no 1, 34-39 p.
Keyword [en]
earth, tomography, physics, spectroscopy
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Subatomic Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-21939DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2002-00314-9ISI: 000178370300006OAI: diva2:340637
QC 20100525Available from: 2011-06-22 Created: 2010-08-10 Last updated: 2011-06-22Bibliographically approved

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