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Award Abstract #0639286

IceCube Neutrino Observatory Maintenance and Operations

NSF Org: PLR
Division of Polar Programs
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Initial Amendment Date: September 14, 2007
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Latest Amendment Date: March 18, 2010
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Award Number: 0639286
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Award Instrument: Cooperative Agreement
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Program Manager: Vladimir O. Papitashvili
PLR Division of Polar Programs
GEO Directorate for Geosciences
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Start Date: April 1, 2007
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End Date: September 30, 2010 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $12,840,000.00
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Investigator(s): Francis Halzen halzen@icecube.wisc.edu (Principal Investigator)
James Yeck (Co-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-OPERATIONS & MAINTENAN
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Program Reference Code(s): 0000, OTHR, 7483
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Program Element Code(s): 006F

ABSTRACT

ANT-063986

IceCube Maintenance and Operations

PI: Francis Halzen, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The IceCube Neutrino Detector/Telescope project is international in scope, with foreign partners from Belgium, Germany, and Sweden contributing to the detector construction and planning to contribute to the M&O effort. Following very successful construction seasons at the South Pole in 2004-2007, 30% of the planned IceCube array Digital Optical Modules (DOMs) are now deployed in the deep ice at Pole, and is now capable of limited operations for science. Even at 30% completion, IceCube is the first of a next-generation of neutrino telescopes capable of reaching exposures required to detect sources of cosmic neutrinos with energies ranging from tera-electron volts to tens of peta-electron volts, with some reach to exa-electron volts and beyond. The proposed M&O award would provide infrastructure needed to: (1) maintain and operate the IceCube Neutrino Detector; (2) maintain and upgrade the software and computing support required for data analysis; (3) ensure the integrity of the collected data; (4) support specific research & development (R&D) efforts to optimize the existing detector and to manage the technical interfaces with potential expansions of the existing array; (5) provide support for a core central staff to ensure continuity of operations; and 6) coordinate education and outreach activities. Support would include funding for operation of IceCube systems at the South Pole Station and central M&O activities in the U.S. institutions. Since IceCube is an international project, the cost of M&O is to be born by agreement on a pro rata basis using the number of PhD researchers supported by the U.S. and non-U.S. funding agencies, using either cash or in-kind services. Broader impacts of the proposed project cover three important areas: science and scientific infrastructure beyond current detector construction, computing and data management in remote and distributed environments, and education and outreach.


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IceCube collaboration. "Multiyear search for a diffuse flux of muon neutrinos with AMANDA-II," Phys. Rev. D, v.77, 2008, p. 089904. 

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IceCube collaboration. "Determination of the atmospheric neutrino flux and searches for new physics with AMANDA-II," Phys. Rev. D, v.79, 2009, p. 102005. 

IceCube collaboration. "Search for high-energy muon neutrinos from the "naked-eye" GRB 080319B with the IceCube Neutrino Telescope," Astrophys. J., v.708, 2010, p. 911. 

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IceCube collaboration. "Search for muon neutrinos from gamma-ray bursts with the IceCube neutrino telescope," Astrophys. J., v.710, 2010, p. 346. 

IceCube collaboration. "Extending the search for neutrino point sources with IceCube above the horizon," Phys. Rev. Lett., v.103, 2009, p. 221102. 

IceCube collaboration. "Calibration and characterization of the IceCube photomultiplier tube," Nucl. Inst. and Meth. A, v.618, 2010, p. 139. 


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