IceCube group at IAP

Marie Oehler (PhD student at KIT) sitting in front of two of her scintillator panels after the completion of her upgrade work. (Photo: IceCube Collaboration)
Lu Lu (Chiba University, left) and Max Renschler (PhD student at KIT) with a prototype radio antenna installed in 2019. (Photo: IceCube Collaboration)
Thomas Huber (PhD student at KIT) with the prototype scintillator detectors installed in 2018. (Photo: IceCube Collaboration)

The IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory is a neutrino observatory located at the South Pole consisting of optical modules within a cubic kilometer of Antarctic ice.

Our group at KIT is mainly working on the enhancement of the IceCube experiment. Our working areas are

  • Design and preparation of the new surface array
  • Search for high-energy gamma rays
  • Elemental composition studies of Cosmic Rays
  • Validation of hadronic interaction models
  • Study of the muon content and distributions in air showers

The main idea of the IceTop enhancement is to build a hybrid surface array consisting of scintillator panels and radio antennas in order to improve the measurements of air showers. In this field, we are active in all the stages: detector development, construction, deployment and operation as well as simulation studies for the future surface array.

Apart from this, our group is also involved in the IceCube Upgrade. The upgrade involves the deployment of new sensors within the infill array of IceCube, which will greatly enhance the accuracy of detection of the lowest energy neutrinos. The IceCube Upgrade is already underway and is expected to be completed by 2023.


More information about IceCube activities at KIT

More Information about the observatory


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