In the absence of an astrophysical standard candle, IceCube can study the deficit of cosmic rays from the direction of the Moon. The observation of this "Moon shadow" in the downgoing muon flux is an experimental verification of the absolute pointing accuracy and the angular resolution of the detector with respect to energetic muons passing through. The Moon shadow has been observed in the 40-string configuration of IceCube. This is the first stage of IceCube in which a Moon shadow analysis has been successful. Method, results, and some systematic error studies will be discussed.
- Pub Date:
- February 2010
- Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
- 4 pages, 6 figures. Published with the proceedings of the 31st ICRC, 2009. This version corrects the author list to include "for the IceCube Collaboration."