Measurement of the cosmic ray muon flux seasonal variation with the OPERA detector

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Agafonova N., Alexandrov A., Anokhina A., Aoki S., Ariga A., Ariga T., ...More

Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, vol.2019, no.10, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2019 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1088/1475-7516/2019/10/003
  • Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: cosmic rays detectors, neutrino detectors, neutrino experiments
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2019 IOP Publishing Ltd and Sissa Medialab.The OPERA experiment discovered muon neutrino into tau neutrino oscillations in appearance mode, detecting tau leptons by means of nuclear emulsion films. The apparatus was also endowed with electronic detectors with tracking capability, such as scintillator strips and resistive plate chambers. Because of its location in the underground Gran Sasso laboratory, under 3800 m.w.e., the OPERA detector has also been used as an observatory for TeV muons produced by cosmic rays in the atmosphere. In this paper the measurement of the single muon flux modulation and its correlation with the seasonal cycle of atmospheric temperature is reported.