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KM3NeT-Fr – Cable comes to shore

KM3NeT-Fr: Laying the MEOC toward the powerhut at the beach23 Dec 2014: For KM3NeT-Fr, about 45 km off-shore Toulon, France, 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. More on KM3NeT-Fr.

KM3NeT Strategy Document – Phased implementation of the KM3NeT Research Infrastructure

KM3NeT2.026 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 Read more

KM3NeT-It – Prototype detection unit operational in the deep sea

KM3NeT in the deep ea - Launcher of Optical Modules07 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. KM3NeT-Press release 2014-05-11

GNN – Global Neutrino Network formed

GNN-LR15 Oct 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.


2013 Nobel Prize Physics: The Higgs boson

08 Oct 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.”

Qualification of KM3NeT String Deployment method

KM3NeT-LOM test15 Apr 2013: During the first two weeks of April, an extensive qualification programme has been executed to qualify the novel string deployment method of KM3NeT. More…

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KM3NeT Collaboration formed

29 Jan 2013: On 29 January 2013, 40 institutes formed a collaboration for the implementation of the first phase of the KM3NeT Research Infrastructure. A governance and management structure was installed. The executive management team was elected.

October 2012

An interim management team has been installed to prepare a Memorandum of Understanding and the installment of a Collaboration structure for the implementation of the first phase of the KM3NeT Research Infrastructure (KM3NeT-phase1).