Thursday, May 30, 2013

1305.6907 (Vernon Barger et al.)

Superheavy Particle Origin of IceCube PeV Neutrino Events    [PDF]

Vernon Barger, Wai-Yee Keung
We interpret the PeV shower events observed by the IceCube collaboration as an s-channel enhancement of neutrino-quark scattering by a leptoquark that couples to the tau-flavor and light quarks. With a leptoquark mass of ~ 0.6 TeV and a conventional 1/E^2 neutrino flux, charged-current scattering gives shower events at ~ 1 PeV and neutral-current scattering gives shower events at ~ 0.5 PeV. This mechanism is also consistent with the paucity of muon-track events above 100 TeV.
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