Ultrahigh Energy Neutrinos at the Pierre Auger Observatory

The observation of ultrahigh energy neutrinos (UHEvs) has become a priority in experimental astroparticle physics. UHEvs can be detected with a variety of techniques. In particular, neutrinos can interact in the atmosphere (downward-going nu) or in the Earth crust (Earth-skimming nu), producing air showers that can be observed with arrays of detectors at the ground. With the surface detector array of the Pierre Auger Observatory we can detect these types of cascades. The distinguishing signature for neutrino events is the presence of very inclined showers produced close to the ground (i.e., after having traversed a large amount of atmosphere). In this work we review the procedure and criteria established to search for UHEvs in the data collected with the ground array of the Pierre Auger Observatory. This includes Earth-skimming as well as downward-going neutrinos. No neutrino candidates have been found, which allows us to place competitive limits to the diffuse flux of UHEvs in the EeV range and above.
Bibliographic reference
Pastor Carpi, Sergio Arqueros Martinez, Fernando Minaya Flores, Ignacio Andrés Rosado Velez, Jaime Vázquez Peñas, José Ramón Gascón Bravo, Alberto Zamorano García, Bruno Lopez Agüera, Ángeles 2013 Ultrahigh Energy Neutrinos at the Pierre Auger Observatory Advances In High Energy Physics 2013 708680-1 708680-18