Tuesday, January 22, 2013

IceCube Neutrino Observatory, South Pole Station

This was sent to me from the Belgian team participating in the IceCube project this year at the South Pole station. The project was developed and is currently managed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Several other universities participate in research on the project including the Belgian universities Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université de Mons, University of Gent, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

IceCube is a large sensor array designed to detect neutrino particles as they pass through the array. In fact, they pass right through the Earth. The array is made up of long strings of sensors that are suspended over 1500m deep in shafts drilled into the icecap near the South Pole. The entire array occupies a cubic kilometer of ice.

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