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KM3NeT Strategy Document

Phased implementation of the KM3NeT Research Infrastructure

On 26 November 2014, the KM3NeT Collaboration has published its strategy for a phased construction of the KM3NeT Research Infrastructure at three locations in the deep seas of the Mediterranean at the southern coasts of Europe. The first phase of construction has started with furbishing the KM3NeT-Fr and KM3NeT-It locations with both deep-sea and on-shore infrastructures to host several hundredths of optical sensors of the neutrino telescope and two nodes for connection of instrumentation for earth and sea science research.

Next steps of implementation of the research infrastructure include the extension of the neutrino detector to its full size of more than 12,800 sensors for the detection of cosmic neutrinos, the installation of a third node for earth and sea science research at the KM3NeT-Gr location and a neutrino detector dedicated to particle physics research at the KM3NeT-Fr location.

Read more in the KM3NeT Strategy Document

Detectors active at two different sites in the Mediterranean

First KM3NeT detection unit operational in the deep sea

On 7 May 2014, the first KM3NeT detection was put into operation at the KM3NeT-It installation site, 100 km off the coast of the South East of Sicily, at a depth of 3500 m. Since more than a year, the first KM3NeT optical module is already operational inside the ANTARES telescope, situated close to the KM3NeT-Fr installation site, 40 km south of Toulon at a depth of 2400 m. With the successful completion of these two important technological steps at two different installation sites, the realisation of the first phase of the distributed KM3NeT neutrino telescope is well on its way. More..