Articles | Volume 1, issue 2
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 1, 221–227, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-1-221-2012

Special issue: High energy geophysics: muon and neutrino radiography

Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 1, 221–227, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-1-221-2012
Review article
10 Dec 2012
Review article | 10 Dec 2012

Review article "Geo-neutrinos"

L. Ludhova L. Ludhova
  • Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, via Celoria 16, 20133 Milan, Italy

Abstract. Geo-neutrinos, electron anti-neutrinos produced in β-decays of naturally occurring radioactive isotopes in the Earth, are a unique direct probe of our planet's interior. After a brief introduction about the Earth (mostly for physicists) and the very basics about the neutrinos and anti-neutrinos (mostly for geologists), I describe the geo-neutrino properties and the main aims of their study. An overview of the latest experimental results obtained by KamLAND and Borexino experiments is provided. A short overview of future perspectives of this new inter-disciplinary field is given.