A royal visit strengthens WIPAC and IceCube’s partnership with Thailand

A budding collaboration between the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) and Chiang Mai University (CMU) in Thailand took a grand turn with a visit to the Royal Palace in Bangkok. There, discussions between scientists from WIPAC, a University of Wisconsin–Madison research center and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn explored how to increase research opportunities for Thai researchers and technical staff at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory.

IceCube, a unique telescope that has instrumented a billion tons of South Pole ice, searches for tiny, ghostlike particles called neutrinos to study the most powerful cosmic engines in the universe. HRH Sirindhorn’s fascination with physics, astronomy, and Antarctic research has become evident in her strong advocation for this work in general and IceCube science in particular.

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WIPAC Interim Director Jim Madsen presents IceCube gifts to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn while Professor Pairash Thajchayapong and a royal attendant look on. Credit: Royal Palace