Ice Cube - Activities in Mainz

1. Super Nova Data aquisition

This data acquisition system, which is under the sole responsibility of our group,  was taken over during the antarctic summer 1999/2000 to record the photomultiplier count rates in time bins as narrow as ~ 2 ms. The system is primarily meant to search for low energetic anti-electron neutrinos from supernova explosions in our galaxy. Positrons from the reactions of these neutrino would radiate Cherenkov photons which would be registered as a coherent increase in the photomultiplier rates. Since 2005, supernova candidate events are transmitted via an Iridium modem to the supernova early warning system SNEWS.  

For informations contact Gösta Kroll.

2. Monitoring software for the IceCube detector

Since 2000 our group has contributed, partly as leading institution, to a web and databank based monitoring system to monitor the quality of the detector and its data. 

For informations contact Kai Schatto.

3. Myon track reconstruction

In the past, we have provided several important contributions to improvement and the determination of the angular resolution of muon tracks. It is our goal to optimize the resolution e.g. by incorporating the scattering and absorption properties of the ice in the best possible way.  

For informations contact Kai Schatto

4. Analyses

Our group concentrates on the analysis of data taken with the supernova DAQ and the study of phenomenological supernova models to learn about the astrophysics of core collapses and the phyisics of neutrinos. Members of the group also search for neutrino point sources, dark matter and are engaged in the study of atmospheric muons and neutrinos. We are always open to new ideas!

For informations contact Lutz Köpke