17 October 2013

Discovery Center becomes full member of the IceCube Experiment

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory, embedded down to 2.5 km deep under the South Pole, is the world's largest and most sensitive ‘telescope' for high energy neutrinos.

With a cubic kilometer of instrumented ice it is the largest particle detector in the world. This unique experiment has a broad science portfolio: from searches for high energy neutrinos from the most violent astrophysical phenomena in the universe such as gamma-ray bursts, exploding supernovae, active galactic nuclei, etc, to fundamental physics probes of quantum mechanical neutrino oscillations and dark matter.

A new astroparticle physics group in the Discovery Center of Excellence at the Niels Bohr Institute joined the IceCube collaboration as full members on October 10, led by recently appointed Assistant Professor Jason Koskinen. Now Denmark too will be a participant in this novel project, along with the USA, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, UK and Korea.

The group was set up by support from Niels Bohr Professor Subir Sarkar of Oxford University & the Niels Bohr International Academy, who is a long-standing member of the IceCube collaboration, as well as the Director of the Discovery Center, Professor Peter Hansen. Currently, the Discovery Center is also host to IceCube-member Professor Jenni Adams, on a sabbatical from University of Canterbury, New Zealand.