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KM3NeT: the next generation neutrino telescope

Abstract : The primary aim of the KM3NeT project is the detection of high-energy neutrinos from the cosmos. Following the construction and operation of the Antares neutrino telescope, the completion of the EU funded Design Study and Preparatory Phase Study, and the acquisition of substantial funds, the first phase of KM3NeT was launched early 2013. The construction already started off-shore Capo Palo di Passero, Italy and Toulon, France and will be extended later off-shore Pylos, Greece. The angular resolution, the geographical location and the size make KM3NeT an ideal instrument to observe neutrinos from Galactic sources. As a prime example, neutrinos from Supernova remnants may produce a significant signal (5 sigma) within a reasonable amount of time (3-5 years). The KM3NeT infrastructure will also host a network of cabled observatories with a wide array of dedicated instruments for oceanographic, geophysical and marine biological research. The status and future prospects of the KM3NeT project will be presented, with emphasis on the discovery potential of neutrino point sources. The synergy with other sciences will be highlighted.
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M. de Jong, P. Coyle. KM3NeT: the next generation neutrino telescope. 33rd International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC 2013), Jul 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ⟨in2p3-00864822⟩



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