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Design and first tests of an acoustic positioning and detection system for KM3NeT

Abstract : In a deep-sea neutrino telescope it is mandatory to locate the position of the optical sensors with a precision of about 10 cm. To achieve this requirement, an innovative Acoustic Positioning System (APS) has been designed in the frame work of the KM3NeT neutrino telescope. The system will also be able to provide an acoustic guide during the deployment of the telescope's components and seafloor infrastructures (junction boxes, cables, etc.). A prototype of the system based on the successful acoustic systems of ANTARES and NEMO is being developed. It will consist of an array of hydrophones and a network of acoustic transceivers forming the Long Baseline. All sensors are connected to the telescope data acquisition system and are in phase and synchronised with the telescope master clock. Data from the acoustic sensors, continuously sampled at 192 kHz, will be sent to shore where signal recognition and analysis will be carried out. The design and first tests of the system elements will be presented. This new APS is expected to have better precision compared to the systems used in ANTARES and NEMO, and can also be used as a real-time monitor of acoustic sources and environmental noise in deep sea.
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F. Simeone, F. Ameli, M. Ardid, V. Bertin, M. Bonori, et al.. Design and first tests of an acoustic positioning and detection system for KM3NeT. 4th International workshop on Acoustic and Radio EeV Neutrino detection Activities, Jun 2010, Nantes, France. pp.S246 - S248, ⟨10.1016/j.nima.2010.11.137⟩. ⟨in2p3-00547674⟩



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