Fermilab Joint Experimental-Theoretical Seminar

  • Date: November 12, 2004

  • Speaker: Francis Halzen (Univ. of Wisconsin)

  • Title: Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole: From AMANDA to IceCube

  • Abstract:
    Doing astronomy with neutrinos is a dream that originated with their discovery in the nineteen fifties. The possibilities seem unlimited: searching for the most violent processes in the universe such as those associated with quasars and gamma ray bursts, searching for dark matter trapped in the sun or studying the behavior of the highest energy neutrinos for the telltale signatures of additional dimensions of space. The problem has been to develop a robust and affordable technology to build the kilometer-scale neutrino detectors required to do the science. The AMANDA telescope using clear deep Antarctic ice as a Cherenkov detector of muons and showers initiated by neutrinos of all 3 flavors, has met this challenge. We will review the results obtained with more than 5000 well-reconstructed neutrinos in the 50 GeV~500 TeV energy range collected during its first 4 years of operation. More importantly, we will show that AMANDA represents a proof of concept for the ultimate kilometer-scale neutrino observatory, IceCube, now under construction.

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