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Award Abstract #0937462

IceCube Maintenance and Operations 2010-2015

NSF Org: PLR
Division Of Polar Programs
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Initial Amendment Date: November 9, 2010
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Latest Amendment Date: November 30, 2015
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Award Number: 0937462
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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: October 1, 2010
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End Date: March 31, 2016 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $38,143,749.00
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Investigator(s): Francis Halzen halzen@icecube.wisc.edu (Principal Investigator)
Albrecht Karle (Co-Principal Investigator)
Kael Hanson (Co-Principal Investigator)
James Yeck (Former 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,
CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE
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Program Reference Code(s):
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Program Element Code(s): 006F, 7231

ABSTRACT

This project covers the concept and technical details of maintaining and operating (M&O) the IceCube Neutrino Observatory upon the completion of construction and deployment of the 86-string array under the MREFFC project. The University of Wisconsin (UW) offers their proven approach to providing M&O for IceCube based on their experience from both constructing the detector and starting its partial operation. Learned lessons that shaped this project include the need for: (1) resources for both distributed and centrally managed activities, and (2) additional accountability mechanisms for "in-kind" and institutional contributions; both are necessary to ensure that the detector maintains its capability to produce quality scientific data at the level required to achieve the detector's scientific discovery objectives. The project exploits a balance between the Core M&O tasks that are centrally funded through UW-Madison, and the "in-kind" tasks that are supported through the IceCube Collaborating Institutions. The success of the IceCube research will enhance scientific and technological understanding on many levels through broad dissemination of data and discoveries. The proposed distributed model of the IceCube M&O and scientific data analyses results in educational opportunities and mentoring at all levels, from undergraduates to postdoctoral researchers, and in a broad set of disciplines including operations, management, engineering, computing, and scientific research. IceCube is a unique detector that inspires innovative capacities of a new generation of scientists and engineers to solve the most vexing scientific problems by applying new knowledge about the Universe.

 

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