Geo-neutrinos and Earth Models

S. T. Dye, Y. Huang, V. Lekic, W. F. McDonough, O. Šrámek

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We present the current status of geo-neutrino measurements and their implications for radiogenic heating in the mantle. Earth models predict different levels of radiogenic heating and, therefore, different geo-neutrino fluxes from the mantle. Seismic tomography reveals features in the deep mantle possibly correlated with radiogenic heating and causing spatial variations in the mantle geo-neutrino flux at the Earth surface. An ocean-based observatory offers the greatest sensitivity to the mantle flux and potential for resolving Earth models and mantle features. Refinements to estimates of the geo-neutrino flux from continental crust reduce uncertainty in measurements of the mantle flux, especially measurements from land-based observatories. These refinements enable the resolution of Earth models using the combined measurements from multiple continental observatories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-318
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics Procedia
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event13th International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics, TAUP 2013 - , United States
Duration: 2013 Sept 82013 Sept 13


  • geo-neutrino

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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