Evidence for high-energy extra-terrestrial neutrinos
IceCube pushes neutrinos to the forefront of astronomy
On 22 November 2013, the IceCube collaboration reported in Science Magazine
the observation of 28 very high-energy particle events that constitute the first solid evidence for astrophysical neutrinos from cosmic accelerators.
Read more about this exciting news at the Icecube
Global Neutrino Network
On 15 October 2013, the spokespersons of the ANTARES, Baikal, IceCube and KM3NeT Collaborations established the Global Neutrino Network (GNN)
by signing a memorandum of understanding "for a closer collaboration and a more coherent strategy among the four neutrino telescope communities, resulting in significant synergistic effects and benefits for each individual project to pursue its science goals". The GNN is the first step toward a truely Global Neutrino Observatory.
KM3NeT PR-prize 2013
Jewelry is the winner
On 10 October 2013, during the KM3NeT Collaboration meeting in Wuerzburg, Germany, the KM3NeT PR-prize 2013
was awarded to the KM3NeT research group of the Nikhef Institute in Amsterdam for their idea of unique KM3NeT jewelry. The silver necklace with an ornament of the KM3NeT-DOM has been made by Dutch goldsmith Suzanne Roeffen.
2013 Nobel Prize Physics
On 8 October 2013, the
2013 Nobel Prize Physics
is awarded to Francois Englert and Peter W. Higgs for
"their theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider."
Very Large Volume neutrino Telescopes
On 5-7 August 2013, at the Oscar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics of Stockholm University, the global community operating and building Very Large Volume neutrino Telescopes (VLVnT) came together at the VLVnT13 workshop
discuss the scientific results of the operational telescopes, the status of construction of new telescopes and the plans for extension of the telescopes. It was the 6th edition of the VLVnT workshop series which started 10 years ago, in October 2003.
IcuCube records first high energy neutrinos
"Bert and Ernie"
On 19th April 2013, the IceCube collaboration reported the first observation of PeV-energy neutrinos.
Two neutrino-induced events which are christianed 'Bert' and 'Ernie' have
deposited in the IceCube detector at the Southpole an estimated energy of 1.04 and 1.14 PeV respectively. They represent the highest neutrino energies observed so far. Details of the measurement can be found in a paper
available at the arXiv
KM3NeT DOM "sees" muons
First KM3NeT optical module operational in the deep sea
On 16th April 2013, the first KM3NeT DOM (Digital Optical Module) was put into operation in the deep sea.
For this, the module has been installed on the instrumentation line of the ANTARES neutrino telescope
KM3NeT String Deployment method
Qualification tests near Motril, Spain
During the first two weeks of April, an extensive qualification programme has been executed to qualify the novel string deployment method of KM3NeT.
Short video demonstrating this concept can be found at