The Weirdest Telescope Ever: the IceCube Neutrino Telescope at the South Pole
- Date: 23 May, 19:15–20:00
- Location: Humanistiska teatern Engelska parken, Thunbergsv. 3H
- Lecturer: Carlos de los Heros is Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and member of the IceCube collaboration since 1997.
- Organiser: Institutionen för fysik och astronomi
- Contact person: Carlos de los Heros
- Phone: 018-471 3256
The Universe is a fascinating place, populated with all kind of strange objects we do not fully understand yet: bursts of gamma rays, quasars or active galaxies, to mention just a few.
However, the information we have gathered from the Universe in the last century, with ever more sophisticated telescopes, is based on the detection of electromagnetic radiation.
Physicists believe that the mentioned objects should also emit other types of radiation, among them neutrinos. Neutrinos are elementary particles that can give us valuable information about the object that emits them. But detecting neutrinos is an extremely challenging task and, precisely because of that, IceCube is an extremely atypical telescope. It is buried 2500 m under the ice at the South Pole, it is one-kilometer cube in size and it "looks" at all directions simultaneously.
Follow the adventure of building a neutrino telescope in the harsh environment of Antarctica and the principle of how such an strange telescope operates.
The lecture will be given in English. 140 seats, no registration. First come, first served. Doors open at 19:00
Photo credit: F. Pedreros, IceCube/NSF