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Neutrino astronomy and intermediate bosons

Bahcall, John N. and Frautschi, Steven C. (1964) Neutrino astronomy and intermediate bosons. Physical Review, 135 (3B). B788-B791. ISSN 0031-899X. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.135.B788.

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Neutrino fluxes from strong radio sources are estimated, assuming the neutrino-production mechanism: p+p→nucleons+mesons→nucleons+electrons, gamma rays, and neutrinos. The neutrino fluxes calculated on the basis of this mechanism are too small to be easily detected unless there are resonances in neutrino processes associated with the production of intermediate bosons. It is shown that a resonance in the antineutrino-electron system, associated with the usually hypothesized W- resonance, could be used to test, with standard experimental techniques, whether strong radio sources emit high-energy neutrinos in the quantities estimated in this paper. Two kinds of observational tests are described and counting rates are estimated. Observational tests of the kind we propose would provide important information about: (1) the mechanism for production of high-energy electrons in strong radio sources, and (2) the magnetic fields in such sources. Some comments concerning other logically possible neutrino resonances are also included.

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Additional Information:©1964 The American Physical Society. Received 6 March 1964. It is a pleasure to acknowledge valuable discussions with L. Davis, Jr., T. Kinoshita, T. A. Matthews, J. Pine, and R. L. Walker. We are indebted to R. F. Christy, W. A. Fowler, and A. T. Moffet for numerous suggestions. One of us (JKB) would like to acknowledge a private communication from C. L. Cowan that stimulated this investigation.
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