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Cherenkov radiation

  1. Jul 24, 2012 #1
    I was watching a video about Cherenkov radiation, and they had these big water filled detectors. They said they were used to study neutrino interactions. But only charged particles or particles with a magnetic field can emit cherenkov light. So the neutrinos cant emit Cherenkov light, they are just using this effect to study them indirectly. SO can neutrinos emit Cherenkov light?
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  3. Jul 25, 2012 #2


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    No, they cannot. But neutrinos can transfer momentum to other particles or transform into leptons (and convert a proton to a neutron or vice versa). This can lead to high-energetic charged particles, and their Cherenkov radiation can be detected.
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