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Paleo-detectors and neutrinos

Is it possible find neutrinos from galactic core collapse SN with a paleo-detector?

MIT Licence DOI

Code for calculating track length spectra in paleo-detectors and exploring paleo-detector sensitivity to SN neutrinos. This code can be used to reproduce the results of arXiv:1906.05800, "Paleo-Detectors for Galactic Supernova Neutrinos".

More information about paleo-detectors can also be found in arXiv:1811.10549, arXiv:1806.05991, and arXiv:1811.06844.

Authors: Thomas D P Edwards, Bradley J Kavanagh,

Please get in touch with any questions, comments or bug-reports.

Overview: Paleopy

The core of the code runs on the paleopy package. This includes data for converting recoil energies to track lengths, along with tables of background distributions. This then allows you to calculate all the relevant track length distributions. The currently supported minerals are Nchwaningite, Sinjarite, Halite, Olivine, Gypsum and Phlogopite.

To run the notebooks it is required to install the paleopy package with:

pip3 install git+


Details need to be added here


Tables of results can be found in data/results. The Euclideanised signals that are used to calculate many of the final results can be found in ES/hdf5


The code in this repo should run with Python3. Standard library requirements are in requirements.txt. In addition, you will need swordfish for performing the statistical analysis and WIMpy for calculating the DM and neutrino spectra.