Department of Physics and Astronomy

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory

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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.

Ongoing research

The IceCube Collaboration

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The IceCube Collaboration consists of over 300 scientist from all over the world with member institutions in USA, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Japan and New Zealand. Sweden participates in the IceCube project through groups in both Uppsala and Stockholm, and has been along ever since a first prototype detector called AMANDA was first built for over a decade ago. This site will give you an overview of the IceCube detector, the physics topics that we study and the activities and interests of the Uppsala group in particular.

The swedish participation is supported by the Swedish Research Council, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.

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