Radio Detection

A. Connolly, A. Karle, S. de Jong, C. Thomas

Submitted on 1 September 2022


Detection techniques at radio wavelengths play an important role in the future of astrophysics experiments. The radio detection of cosmic rays, neutrinos, and photons has emerged as the technology of choice at the highest energies. Cosmological surveys require the detection of radiation at mm wavelengths at thresholds down to the fundamental noise limit. High energy astroparticle and neutrino detectors use large volumes of a naturally occurring suitable dielectric: the Earth's atmosphere and large volumes of cold ice as available in polar regions. The detection technology for radio detection of cosmic particles has matured in the past decade and is ready to move beyond prototyping or midscale applications. Instrumentation for radio detection has reached a maturity for science scale detectors. Radio detection provides competitive results in terms of the measurement of energy and direction and in particle identification when to compared to currently applied technologies for high-energy neutrinos when deployed in ice and for ultra-high-energy cosmic rays, neutrinos, and photons when deployed in the atmosphere. It has significant advantages in terms of cost per detection station and ease of deployment.


Comment: Contribution to Instrumentation Frontier summary report for Snowmass 2021, IF10 Radio

Subject: Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics