The GERDA experiment at LNGS of INFN is equipped with an active muon veto. The main part of the system is a water Cherenkov veto with 66 PMTs in the water tank surrounding the GERDA cryostat. The muon flux recorded by this veto shows a seasonal modulation. Two causes have been identified: (i) secondary muons from the CNGS neutrino beam (2.2%) and (ii) a temperature modulation of the atmosphere (1.4%). A mean cosmic muon rate of 1(mu)(0) = (3.477 +/- 0.002(stat) +/- 0.067(sys)) x 10(-4)/(s center dot m(2)) was found in good agreement with other experiments at LNGS. Combining the present result with those from previous experiments at LNGS the effective temperature coefficient alpha(T,LNGS) is determined to 0.93 +/- 0.03. A fit of the temperature coefficients measured at various underground sites yields a kaon to pion ratio r(k/Pi)of 0.10 +/- 0.03.

Flux modulations seen by the muon veto of the GERDA experiment

BETTINI, ALESSANDRO;BRUGNERA, RICCARDO;GARFAGNINI, ALBERTO;HEMMER, SABINE ELISABETH;MEDINACELI VILLEGAS, EDUARDO;SADA, CINZIA;VON STURM ZU VEHLINGEN, KATHARINA CACILIE;LIPPI, IVANO;STANCO, LUCA;
2016

Abstract

The GERDA experiment at LNGS of INFN is equipped with an active muon veto. The main part of the system is a water Cherenkov veto with 66 PMTs in the water tank surrounding the GERDA cryostat. The muon flux recorded by this veto shows a seasonal modulation. Two causes have been identified: (i) secondary muons from the CNGS neutrino beam (2.2%) and (ii) a temperature modulation of the atmosphere (1.4%). A mean cosmic muon rate of 1(mu)(0) = (3.477 +/- 0.002(stat) +/- 0.067(sys)) x 10(-4)/(s center dot m(2)) was found in good agreement with other experiments at LNGS. Combining the present result with those from previous experiments at LNGS the effective temperature coefficient alpha(T,LNGS) is determined to 0.93 +/- 0.03. A fit of the temperature coefficients measured at various underground sites yields a kaon to pion ratio r(k/Pi)of 0.10 +/- 0.03.
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