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Award Abstract #0236449

IceCube Startup and Construction Project

NSF Org: PLR
Division Of Polar Programs
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Initial Amendment Date: August 13, 2002
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Latest Amendment Date: August 21, 2012
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Award Number: 0236449
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Award Instrument: Cooperative Agreement
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Program Manager: Scott Borg
PLR Division Of Polar Programs
GEO Directorate For Geosciences
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Start Date: August 1, 2002
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End Date: August 31, 2012 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $205,985,124.00
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Investigator(s): Francis Halzen halzen@icecube.wisc.edu (Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: University of Wisconsin-Madison
21 North Park Street
MADISON, WI 53715-1218 (608)262-3822
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NSF Program(s): ICECUBE - CONSTRUCTION,
INNOV THRU INSTITUTNL INTEGRTN
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Program Reference Code(s): 0000, OTHR
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Program Element Code(s): 005F, 5281

ABSTRACT

Phase I activities associated with construction of a deep-ice neutrino detector known as IceCube (for cubic kilometer detector) will be carried out. This is an MREFC project. The activities include: 1) construction of a movable enhanced hot water drill system (EHWDS), including the needed drill camp facilities, suitable for drilling 45 cm diameter, 2.5 km deep holes in the ice at the South Pole at a rate of at least 16 holes per drilling season in a fuel efficient manner requiring 8000 gallons of fuel per hole; 2) construction of specialized detectors for in-ice applications; 3) data acquisition and data handling hardware and software development; 4) system engineering for construction and deployment of the drill system and IceCube detector array; 5) testing of all systems; and 6) establishment of associated management system. This work will be carried out taking into consideration the need to operate this equipment reliably and safely in the extreme Antarctic environment. This Phase I work will set the stage for implementation of the full IceCube construction project for deployment of 80 strings of 64 optical modules (consisting of photomultiplier tubes and associated electronics) each that are to be inserted into the holes drilled using the EHWDS, frozen into the ice, and operated in conjunction with a corresponding data acquisition, data handling, and data analysis system. The IceCube detector array will open a new window on the universe and its origin and evolution by its ability to detect high energy neutrinos from cosmological events. Education will be a part of the overall IceCube project, but is not a part of this Phase I award.

 

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