The ExaVolt Antenna Mission Concept and Technology Developments

Andres Romero-Wolf
2016 Proceedings of The 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference — PoS(ICRC2015)   unpublished
In the past decade, searches for the cosmogenic neutrino flux produced by the interactions of ultra-high energy cosmic rays with the cosmic microwave background have not yet resulted in detection. Radio detection of ultra-high energy neutrinos provides a cost-effective means probing large amounts of effective volume. The Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) balloonborne experiment, with sensitivity to neutrinos with energies >10 19 eV, has provided some of the most stringent limits on
more » ... osmogenic neutrino production models by searching for coherent radio Cherenkov signals produced by the Askaryan effect in Antarctic ice. The ExaVolt Antenna (EVA) is a mission concept to extend the sensitivity of balloon-borne radio neutrino detection to energies 10 17 eV. EVA uses a novel antenna design that exploits the surface area of the balloon to provide a reflector antenna with 30 dBi gain (compared to 10 dBi on ANITA). We will present an overview of the mission concept and recent technology developments.
doi:10.22323/1.236.1151 fatcat:rqf652s4lbdgdcb7qh2v5voz5e