The IceCube Laboratory at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, in Antarctica, hosts the computers collecting raw data. Due to satellite bandwidth allocations, the first level of reconstruction and event filtering happens in near real-time in this lab. Only events selected as interesting for physics studies are sent to UW-Madison, where they are prepared for use by any member of the IceCube Collaboration.
After six years of deployment, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica was completed in December 2010. After reporting the first evidence of cosmic neutrinos in 2013, it was named the Physics World Breakthrough of the Year.
Home page breakthrough of the year photo: Felipe Pedreros. IceCube/NSF
Picture of the IceCube on this page: Sven Lidstrom. IceCube/NSF
IceCube is a unique telescope at the South Pole. Most optical telescopes look at photons, but IceCube looks for evidence of a more mysterious particle called a neutrino in the most violent astrophysical 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.
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