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Positioning system of the ANTARES Neutrino Telescope

Abstract : Completed in May 2008, the ANTARES neutrino telescope is located 40 km off the coast of Toulon, at a depth of about 2500 m. The telescope consists of 12 detector lines housing a total of 884 optical modules. Each line is anchored to the seabed and pulled taught by the buoyancy of the individual optical modules and a top buoy. Due to the fluid nature of the sea-water detecting medium and the flexible nature of the detector lines, the optical modules of the ANTARES telescope can suffer from deviations of up to several meters from the vertical and as such, real time positioning is needed. Real time positioning of the ANTARES telescope is achieved by a combination of an acoustic positioning system and a lattice of tiltmeters and compasses. These independent and complementary systems are used to compute a global t to each individual detector line, allowing us to construct a 3 dimensional picture of the ANTARES neutrino telescope with an accuracy of less than 10 cm. In this paper we describe the positioning system of the ANTARES neutrino telescope and discuss its performance during the first year of 12 line data taking
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A. M. Brown. Positioning system of the ANTARES Neutrino Telescope. 31 th International Cosmic Rays Conference, Jul 2009, Lodz, Poland. ⟨in2p3-00466291⟩



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