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This course covers the following questions. What are the predominant heat producing elements of the Earth?

Where and how much are they? Are they present in the core of the Earth? Detection of antineutrinos generated in the Earth provides: 1) information on the sources of the terrestrial heat, 2) direct test of the Bulk Silicate Earth (BSE) model and 3) testing of non-conventional models of Earth’s core. Use of antineutrinos to probe the deep interior of our planet is becoming practical due to recent fundamental advances in the antineutrino detectors.

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  • Relevance to antineutrino analysis of global concentration determination of radiogenic heat producing elements (HPE) by terrestrial heat flow studies and Bulk Silicate Earth (BSE) models, and unconventional models of the Earth’s core. Unlimited
  • Basic radiation characteristics of heat producing elements (HPE) Unlimited
  • Relevance of existing large antineutrino detectors for probing the HPE in Earth’s deep interior Unlimited
  • Proposed antineutrino detectors for probing the HPE in Earth’s deep interior with directional sensitivity. Unlimited
  • Considerations for dedicated antineutrino detectors to probe the Earth’s deep interior for the determination of concentrations of heat producing elements. Unlimited

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