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IceCube Neutrino Observatory (IceCube)
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
Address:
United States
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Address:
United States
Location
222 West Washington Avenue, IceCube headquarters, Madison, PO: 53703, Wisconsin (United States)
Structure
Type Of RI
Single-sited
Coordinating Country
United States
Status
Status
Current Status:
Operational since 2010
Timeline
Under construction since 2004 to 2010
Scientific Description
IceCube is a particle detector at the South Pole that records the interactions of a nearly massless subatomic particle called the neutrino. The detector encompasses a cubic kilometer of ice and uses the neutrino as a novel astronomical messenger to probe the universe. IceCube searches for neutrinos from the most violent astrophysical sources: events like exploding stars, gamma-ray bursts, and cataclysmic phenomena involving black holes and neutron stars. The IceCube telescope is a powerful tool that can also be used to search for dark matter and could reveal the physical processes associated with the enigmatic origins of the highest energy particles in nature.

RI Keywords
Ice, Particle detectors, Neutrinos, Telescopes, South pole
Classifications
RI Category
Astro-particle and neutrino detectors and observatories
Scientific Domain
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Services
Public Data Access
Equipment
IceCube Particle Detector

IceCube, the South Pole neutrino observatory, is a cubic-kilometer particle detector made of Antarctic ice and located near the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. It is buried beneath the surface, extending to a depth of about 2,500 meters. A surface array, IceTop, and a denser inner subdetector, DeepCore, significantly enhance the capabilities of the observatory, making it a multipurpose facility. More information: https://icecube.wisc.edu/science/icecube/detector

Access
Access Type
Virtual
Date of last update: 08/07/2019
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