Optical radiation background from 40 K decays in undersea neutrino telescopes
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Roma, 00185 Roma,
Revised: 25 October 2001
Published online: 14 December 2001
The photon flux produced by light sources uniformly distributed in an infinite homogeneous medium is calculated on the basis of a known property of light propagation, taking into account the contribution of both absorption and scattering processes. The results are applied to the issue of the decays of 40 K content in sea salt and then to the rates detected by photomultipliers deployed in the deep sea. Numerical calculations are in agreement with the recent measurements performed in the Mediterranean Sea by the ANTARES and NEMO Collaborations.
© Società italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2001