Astroparticle Physics with IceCube


Project leader


Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)


Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2011
End date: 31/12/2014
Funding: 4400000 SEK


Description

The IceCube neutrino observatory in the polar ice sheet at the geographic South Pole will be completed in January 2011. The group in Stockholm has played a prominent role in IceCube and its predecessor AMANDA since the beginning. The physics topics of IceCube span a wide range. It includes the problem of cosmic ray acceleration and extreme objects in the universe. One topic of particular interest for the Stockholm group is the search for a neutrino signal from dark matter particles (WIMPs) annihilating in the Sun or the Earth. Other investigations conducted in Stockholm are the search for neutrino point sources and ultra high energy neutrinos. Since January, IceCube is equipped with dense subarray, DeepCore, initiated by the Swedish physicists and funded by the KAW foundation. It is especially well suited for the relatively low energy neutrinos expected from dark matter. It will also allow the study of the southern neutrino sky (which has only been possible for high energies so far). This application concerns the continuation of two project grants. One concerned salary support for the present applicant. The other, received by Per Olof Hulth, covered running costs of the IceCube group. Hulth has reached retirement, and running costs are included here along with salary support. The funding applied for here will make it possible for physicists in Stockholm to analyse IceCube data during the crucial first few years of operation of the full detector array.

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