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Ice Cube

The Ice Cube is a $272 million project carried out by an international team of scientists, engineers and technicians, working under the harsh Antarctic conditions, at the South Pole. It is a gigantic scientific instrument--a telescope for detecting illusive particles called neutrinos that can travel millions of miles through space, passing right through the planets.

When the novel telescope is completed in the next several years, a cubic kilometer of ice at the “bottom of the world” will provide a new eye into the heavens and some of the most distant and violent events in the cosmos. The telescope, is an international effort involving more than 20 institutions.

It is an unusual telescope in many respects. It is buried a mile down in the Antarctic ice sheet, rather than situated at the surface. IceCube looks down, into the earth, rather than up into the sky. Finally, the "light" seen by this telescope is composed of individual fundamental particles called neutrinos.

IceCube will search for neutrinos from the most violent astrophysical sources: events like exploding stars, gamma ray bursts, and cataclysmic phenomena involving black holes and neutron stars.

The Ice Cube telescope is a powerful tool to search for dark matter, and it could reveal new physical processes associated with the enigmatic origin of the highest energy particles in nature.

Posted by M Hunt on Wednesday, August 20, 2008. Filed under , , . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Feel free to leave a response

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