The IceCube Observatory is a Cherenkov detector located deep in the ice of the South Pole, built to determine the energy, direction of origin and type of extraterrestrial neutrinos. High-energy neutrinos have the potential to solve the mystery of the origin and acceleration mechanisms of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays.
To increase the number of detected high-energy neutrinos of cosmic origin, the next generation of the observatory, IceCube-Gen2, is under development. For this further development, we are involved in the research and development of new detector prototypes and data acquisition systems.
A prototype surface-detector station, newly developed at KIT, consists of eight scintillation detectors and three radio antennas. A large number of these stations, distributed over a surface footprint of IceCube, will be used to detect cosmic rays and gamma rays, for example from the Galactic centre.
Within the IceCube group we offer Bachelor and Master theses for the further development of the IceCube surface detector. Depending on your interests, there are opportunities to work on hardware and detector development as well as on data analysis and simulation studies.
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ERC Starting Grant PeV-Radio - Digital Radio Detectors for Galactic PeV Particles
Opportunities for PhDstudents, Master and Bachelor students