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Fakultät Physik

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.