IceCube - South Pole Neutrino Telescope

Program Description: IceCube is a particle detector at the South Pole that records the interactions of a nearly massless sub-atomic particle called the neutrino. IceCube searches 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 IceCube telescope is a powerful tool to search for dark matter, and could reveal the new physical processes associated with the enigmatic origin of the highest energy particles in nature. In addition, exploring the background of neutrinos produced in the atmosphere, IceCube studies the neutrinos themselves; their energies far exceed those produced by accelerator beams. IceCube is the world's largest neutrino detector, encompassing a cubic kilometer of ice. IceCube is buried very deep in the ice, about 1500 to 2000 meters, or from 1 to 1.5 miles, below the surface. At that depth, pressure has pushed all the bubbles out, which means it is easy for the DOMs to record neutrino interactions.

Year Started: 2010.

Organization Description: Located at the South Pole. Currently, the collaboration includes people from 43 institutions in 12 countries.

Data Description: See Polar Program The raw data rates collected by the IceCube detector far exceed our daily satellite bandwidth allocations. To allow physics analysis to proceed as quickly as possible, the first level of reconstruction and event filtering is done in near real time at the South Pole station. The Data Movement and Archival Subsystem (Data Movement) is a suite of software which controls the transfer of data from the South Pole to the Northern Hemisphere data warehouse, as well as the archival of data on tape at the South Pole.

Project Type: Instrument

Project Domains: Math and Physical Sciences

Budget: 279 Million US

Federal Funding: NSF

Program Data

Location Lat/Lon Coordinates Location Type Data Type Data Generation Single Data Instance Size (TB) Estimated Daily Data Size (GB) Estimated Annual Data Size (PB) Average Sustained Throughput (Gbps) Maximum Sustained Throughput (Gbps) Online Repository Size (PB) Total Repository Size (PB) Delay Tolerance (minutes) Jitter Sensitive? Uses the Cloud?
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