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ARCA is growing up

IMG_621516 May 2016 – During a five day sea campaign last week, two detection units for ARCA were deployed at the Italian KM3NeT site. On board the Ambrosius Tide, the detection units arrived from the harbour of Malta at the KM3NeT-It  site, 80 km off-shore the South-East of Sicily. After a survey of the area and inspection of the deep-sea infrastructure, the units were deployed at their pre-defined locations. With a speed of about 12 meter per minute, the descent of a unit from the sea surface to touch-down at a depth of 3500 meter took about 4.5 hours. Read more

KM3NeT selected for the 2016 ESFRI Roadmap

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 12.17.57 PM copia10 March 2016 – Today, at its launch event at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam, the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) announced that KM3NeT 2.0 is selected for the 2016 ESFRI Roadmap for Research Infrastructures.
The ESFRI Roadmap identifies new Research Infrastructures of pan-European interest corresponding to the long-term needs of the European research communities. Read more

KM3NeT and Hyper-K team up

16 February 2016 – The two neutrino collaborations Hyper-Kamiokande and KM3NeT have signed a memorandum of understanding for exchange of know-how on detector technology and software development. Hyper-Kamiokande is to be the third generation water Cherenkov detector in Kamioka in Japan designed for nucleon decay searches and neutrino studies. In the Mediterranean Sea, KM3NeT will be the largest water Cherenkov detector designed for neutrino astronomy and neutrino physics research. Read more

KM3NeT congratulates LIGO

KM3NeT congratulates the colleagues of the LIGO Collaboration with the first detection of gravitational waves. An impressive achievement that not only proves Einstein to be right, but also gives a strong boost to multi-messenger astronomy.

Thanks to the rapid sharing of information by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration, ANTARES and IceCube could search their data for neutrinos emitted simultaneously with the LIGO event.

Today the three collaborations published the results of this search in a draft paper with the title ‘High-energy Neutrino follow-up search of Gravitational Wave Event GW150914 with ANTARES and IceCube’.

For more information see also the news at the ANTARES website.

A Letter of Intent for KM3NeT 2.0

bob2_for_website 28 Jan 2016 -Today, scientists of the KM3NeT Collaboration have announced KM3NeT 2.0, their ambition for the immediate future to further exploit the clear waters of the deep Mediterranean Sea for the detection of cosmic and atmospheric neutrinos. The published Letter of Intent  details the science performance as well as the technical design of the KM3NeT 2.0 infrastructure.

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Construction of KM3NeT has begun

Detection unit at the seabed, wound on a spherical deployment frame3 Dec 2015: Today, the first full size detection unit for KM3NeT-It has been successfully installed. The 700 m long unit – compactly wound on a spherical launching frame – arrived by ship at the installation site 100 km off-shore Sicily, Italy. There it took a big splash into the Mediterranean Sea and landed safely at the seabed at a depth of 3500 m. Read more

Nobel prize for discovery of neutrino oscillations

6 Oct 2015: The KM3NeT Collaboration congratulates Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald who were awarded today the Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass”. Read the press release of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.