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Muon track reconstruction and data selection techniques in AMANDA
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2004 (English)In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, ISSN 0168-9002, E-ISSN 1872-9576, Vol. 524, no 1-3, 169-194 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The Antarctic Muon And Neutrino Detector Array (AMANDA) is a high-energy neutrino telescope operating at the geographic South Pole. It is a lattice of photo-multiplier tubes buried deep in the polar ice between 1500 and 2000 m. The primary goal of this detector is to discover astrophysical sources of high-energy neutrinos. A high-energy muon neutrino coming through the earth from the Northern Hemisphere can be identified by the secondary muon moving upward through the detector. The muon tracks are reconstructed with a maximum likelihood method. It models the arrival times and amplitudes of Cherenkov photons registered by the photo-multipliers. This paper describes the different methods of reconstruction, which have been successfully implemented within AMANDA. Strategies for optimizing the reconstruction performance and rejecting background are presented. For a typical analysis procedure the direction of tracks are reconstructed with about 2° accuracy. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Elsevier, 2004. Vol. 524, no 1-3, 169-194 p.
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AMANDA, Neutrino astrophysics, Neutrino telescope, Track reconstruction
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Physics, Astroparticle Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-28445DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2004.01.065OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-28445DiVA: diva2:643435
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Available from: 2013-08-27 Created: 2013-08-26 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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