Neutrino telescopes as QCD microscopes

Valerio Bertone, Rhorry Gauld*, Juan Rojo

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We present state-of-the-art predictions for the ultra-high energy (UHE) neutrino-nucleus cross-sections in charged- and neutral-current scattering. The calculation is performed in the framework of collinear factorisation at NNLO, extended to include the resummation of small-x BFKL effects. Further improvements are made by accounting for the free-nucleon PDF constraints provided by D-meson data from LHCb and assessing the impact of nuclear corrections and heavy-quark mass effects, which are treated at NLO. The calculations presented here should play an important role in the interpretation of future data from neutrino telescopes such as IceCube and KM3NeT, and highlight the opportunities that astroparticle experiments offer to study the strong interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number217
Pages (from-to)1-38
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number1
Early online date29 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

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30 pages (incl. data tables), 15 figures (v2 - figures updated). Structure function grids available at


  • Deep Inelastic Scattering (Phenomenology)


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