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Morocco joins KM3NeT

The Collaboration is expanding

On 24 February, during the KM3NeT Collaboration meeting in Valencia, the Laboratory of Physics Matter and Radiations (LPMR) of the Mohammed 1st University in Oujda formally joined the KM3NeT Collaboration. Focus of the group will be at the search for monolpoles and physics with the low energy ORCA detector in KM3NeT-Fr. With LPMR, the KM3NeT Collaboration now counts 42 institutes in 12 countries. The total number of scientists in the Collaboration is about 240.

KM3NeT2.0

ARCA and ORCA

1 February 2015: The next step in the realisation of the KM3NeT Research Infrastructure has been baptised KM3NeT2.0. The objective of KM3NeT2.0 is to conduct both Astroparticle and Oscilation Research using Cosmics in the Abyss. The large neutrino-detectors in the deep-sea have names which reflect this objective: ARCA and ORCA.

Read more in the KM3NeT Strategy document

First full detection unit ready

Chrismas present

Just before Christmas 2014, the first full KM3NeT detection unit was produced. The 700 m long a string holds 18 optical modules - eyes of the telescope. Shortly after Christmas, the string has been moved to the host institute of KM3NeT-Fr in Marseille, where it will undergo final tests prior to deployment.

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KM3NeT-Fr

Cable comes to shore

In December 2014, for KM3NeT-Fr near Toulon, the Main Electro-Optical Cable (MEOC) connecting the deep-sea infrastructure with the shore was deployed. This is a major step in the construction of the KM3NeT-Fr installation site. The main cable lands in a power station at the beach of Les Sablettes, La Seyene sur Mer in the South of France. From there a land cable station with the control room of the shore station where the signals from the deep sea are collected, processed and submitted further over the internet to the central data repository in the computer centre in Lyon, France.

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