Characteristics of the diffuse astrophysical electron and tau neutrino flux with six years of IceCube high energy cascade data

M. G. Aartsen, M. Ackermann, J. Adams, J. A. Aguilar, M. Ahlers, M. Ahrens, C. Alispach, K. Andeen, T. Anderson, I. Ansseau, G. Anton, C. Argüelles (+350 others)
We report on the first measurement of the astrophysical neutrino flux using particle showers (cascades) in IceCube data from 2010 -- 2015. Assuming standard oscillations, the astrophysical neutrinos in this dedicated cascade sample are dominated ($\sim 90 \%$) by electron and tau flavors. The flux, observed in the energy range from $16\,\mathrm{TeV} $ to $2.6\,\mathrm{PeV}$, is consistent with a single power-law as expected from Fermi-type acceleration of high energy particles at astrophysical
more » ... ources. We find the flux spectral index to be $\gamma=2.53\pm0.07$ and a flux normalization for each neutrino flavor of $\phi_{astro} = 1.66^{+0.25}_{-0.27}$ at $E_{0} = 100\, \mathrm{TeV}$. This flux of electron and tau neutrinos is in agreement with IceCube muon neutrino results and with all-neutrino flavor results. Results from fits assuming more complex neutrino flux models suggest a flux softening at high energies and a flux hardening at low energies (p-value $\ge 0.06$).
doi:10.3204/pubdb-2020-03506 fatcat:gubjackxfrhe5fm4swji2sebwe