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Projects WIPAC faculty and students are involved in IceCube, Askaryan Radio Array (ARA), High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) experiment, Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), and DM-Ice. ...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 9:00am

It’s that time of the year. Down at the South Pole, our team is in the darkness of the austral winter, enjoying beautiful auroras while monitoring IceCube data taking. Up north, the team has completed all updates and checks to the new data systems running live in the IceCube Lab (ICL), sitting on top of the IceCube detector on Antarctica’s surface.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 3:30pm

Up until almost the last minute, the summer activities at the Pole kept the IceCube crew busy. This summer, a dozen IceCube researchers and staff, from eight institutions and six countries, spent some time at the Admundsen-Scott South Pole Station to perform maintenance and operations for IceCube and help prepare for a future deployment of the Askaryan Radio Array (ARA) detector. A PolarTREC teacher, Kate Miller, also traveled to the Pole to join the team, contributing to an extensive educational and outreach program that is still in progress.



a graphic of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 3:30pm

The IceCube detector has been explained widely—in many different languages and in hundreds of locations around the world, and targeting diverse audiences online as well as in auditoriums, museums, and classrooms. But this is the first time that the IceCube Collaboration is making public every detail of the only cubic-kilometer neutrino detector to date, from a flasher board in the digital optical modules—aka DOMs—to the calibration processes that allow researchers to measure the properties of neutrinos, or to the IceCube Live website that IceCubers use to monitor what is going on in the detector. The publication, over 70 pages long, has just been submitted to the Journal of Instrumentation.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 3:15pm
IceCube has been called the strangest detector in the world. People of all ages are surprised to learn that thousands of sensors are buried deep in Antarctic ice to help us learn about the most extreme and remote places in our Universe. What if a sensor breaks? Is there something you can do to improve IceCube now? These are questions that IceCubers are asked again and again.
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 12:00pm
“On behalf of the operations group, I’m happy to report that as of run 127950 on 2016-05-20, 20:38:47 UTC, we have started the IC86-2016 physics run.” With these words, every IceCuber learned that we were entering a new year of data for IceCube.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 8:00am
The National Science Foundation today, March 30, announced that it has renewed a cooperative agreement with the University of Wisconsin–Madison to operate IceCube, a massive neutrino telescope buried deep in the ice beneath the South Pole. The five-year, $35 million cooperative agreement calls for the continued operation and management of the observatory located at NSF’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
icecube completion crew
Friday, December 18, 2015 - 1:00pm
Decades ago, the aspiration to build a kilometer-scale neutrino detector at the South Pole seemed farfetched; today, we celebrate the 5-year anniversary of this incredible achievement.
Friday, December 12, 2014 - 2:00pm
Building a cubic-kilometer telescope at the South Pole seemed a chimera even for some of those involved in the project. The goal was simple in words but seemingly impossible in practice: 86 boreholes, each 60 cm in diameter and 2,500 m deep, had to be drilled and instrumented in seven austral summer seasons.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 8:15am
Prof. Olga Botner, IceCube spokesperson and a physics professor at the University of Uppsala, and Prof. Francis Halzen, IceCube principal investigator and a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, tell us about the plans for an upgrade to the IceCube Neutrino Observatory.