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KM3NeT: a cubic-kilometre-scale deep sea neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean Sea

Abstract : The groups presently pursuing neutrino telescope projects in the Mediterranean Sea, ANTARES, NEMO, and NESTOR, formed the KM3NeT consortium [1] aiming at the construction of a cubic-kilometre-scale neutrino telescope in the Northern hemisphere to complement the sky coverage of IceCube and have an unsurpassed sensitivity and angular resolution - down to 0.1± at 100 TeV. This challenging project will require the installation of thousands of photon detectors with their related electronics and calibration systems several kilometres below the sea level. The realisation of this project will provide the scientific community with a very powerful instrument to study many astrophysical objects, including supernova remnants, active galactic nuclei, gamma-ray bursts and possibly also dark matter. The construction of this detector will require the solution of technological problems common to many deep submarine installations, and will help pave the way for other deep-sea research facilities. In April 2008 the KM3NeT consortium has published the Conceptual Design Report (CDR) [1] for the KM3NeT telescope. The Design Study phase has now passed its mid-point and will culminate in 2009 with the KM3NeT Technical Design Report (TDR), detailing the design and the expected physics performance of the future detector. Concurrent with the publication of the CDR, an EU-funded Preparatory Phase began, which will lead through to the start of telescope construction. We present the physics objectives and outline the technological aspects of this new project
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J. P. Ernenwein. KM3NeT: a cubic-kilometre-scale deep sea neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean Sea. 31 th International Cosmic Rays Conference (ICRC2009), Jul 2009, Lodz, Poland. ⟨in2p3-00466504⟩



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