From U Wisconsin IceCube: “Week 25 at the Pole”

U Wisconsin IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory

30 Jun 2017
Jean DeMerit

Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF

Last week the IceCube detector had almost perfect uptime. They survived a mid-week 90-second power outage with no interruption to data taking, but then a power supply failure just at the end of the week ruined the perfect performance. The third round in the poker tournament, however, didn’t ruin winterover Martin’s standing—he’s still in the lead going into the finals. It was Martin’s birthday last week, so the galley staff made a nice cake to celebrate. The aurora in the bottom image seems to be ushering in the upcoming 4th of July celebrations.

James Casey, IceCube/NSF

James Casey, IceCube/NSF

James Casey, IceCube/NSF

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ICECUBE neutrino detector

IceCube is a particle detector at the South Pole that records the interactions of a nearly massless sub-atomic particle called the neutrino. 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 to search for dark matter, and could reveal the new physical processes associated with the enigmatic origin of the highest energy particles in nature. In addition, exploring the background of neutrinos produced in the atmosphere, IceCube studies the neutrinos themselves; their energies far exceed those produced by accelerator beams. IceCube is the world’s largest neutrino detector, encompassing a cubic kilometer of ice.