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Neutrino Astronomy

The IceCube neutrino observatory, which includes the IceCube in-ice array and the IceTop surface component, is the world's largest neutrino telescope. It is located in the harsh environment of the South Pole, and the in-ice detector consists of more than 5000 photon sensors frozen in Antarctic ice. The photosensors are mounted on 86 strings arranged in a triangular grid.Although the IceCube observatory is primarily designed to detect high-energy neutrinos from astrophysical sources, it is in fact a multipurpose detector that offers unique insight into the physics of neutrinos and muons.

The IceCube neutrino observatory at night with aurorae at the sky © Johannes Werthebach ​/​ TU Dortmund, NSF und IceCube
The IceCube Neutrino Observatory, IceCube for short, is located at the geographic South Pole. The detector itself is located deep in the Antarctic ice.

The research within the IceCube collaboration therefore covers a broad spectrum of scientific topics, ranging from neutrino oscillations and atmospheric neutrinos at lower energies to astrophysical neutrino events of ultra-high energies.

Location & approach

The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.