Propagation of muons and taus at high energies

S. Iyer Dutta, M. H. Reno, I. Sarcevic, D. Seckel

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The photonuclear contribution to charged lepton energy loss has been reevaluated taking into account DES Y HERA results on real and virtual photon interactions with nucléons. With large Q2 processes incorporated, the average muon range in rock for energies of 109 GeV is reduced by only 5% compared with the standard treatment. We have calculated the tau energy loss for energies up to 109 GeV taking into consideration the decay of tau. A Monte Carlo evaluation of tau survival probability and range shows that at energies below 107-108 GeV, depending on the material, only tau decays are important. At higher energies the tau energy losses are significant, reducing the survival probability of the tau. We show that the average range for tau is shorter than its decay length and reduces to 17 km in water for an incident tau energy of 109 GeV, as compared with its decay length of 49 km at that energy. In iron, the average tau range is 4.7 km for the same incident energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number094020
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2001

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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