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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.


KM3NeT-It – Upgrade of the deep-sea infrastructure

KM3NeT-It: Junction Box being installed. Note the arm of the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle).20 Jul 2015: In the morning of 20th July 2015, an important upgrade of the deep-sea infrastructure of KM3NeT-It was successfully concluded. During a sea campaign that started three days earlier the old termination frame at the deep sea end of the 100 km long main cable to shore was replaced by a new one and two junction boxes were installed.  Read more

Interested to join KM3NeT? The Collaboration invites new members

KM3NeT-Collaboration-2015022423 May 2015: The KM3NeT Collaboration invites interested scientists to join the effort of building and operating the new generation neutrino telescope in the deep seas of the Mediterranean. Currently, the Collaboration is constructing the first phase of the detector. In the KM3NeT-Strategy Report 2015-05-06 you can read about the plans of the Collaboration for the next step, i.e. realising the high-energy ARCA detector at the KM3NeT-It site and the low-energy ORCA detector at the KM3NeT-Fr site.


KM3NeT 2.0 – ARCA and ORCA

KM3NeT-ARCA and ORCA10 May 2015: KM3NeT has defined the next step in the realisation of the research infrastructure in the deep seas of the Mediterranean: KM3NeT2.0 to conduct Astroparticle & Oscillations Resreach with Cosmics in the Abyss with ARCA and ORCA.More in the KM3NeT-Strategy Report 2015-05-06.




€15 Million boost for European Astronomy

Launch of the EU funded ASTERICS project 


1st May 2015: Astronomers and astroparticle physicists today are celebrating a €15 million EU funding boost for European telescopes with the launch of the ASTERICS project (Astronomy ESFRI and Research Infrastructure Cluster), which will help solve the Big Data challenges of European astronomy and give members of the public direct interactive access to some of the best of Europe’s astronomy images and data

Press release: pdf

KM3NeT-Fr – First seafloor network node installed

KM3NeT-Fr: Deployment of the node in the darkness of the early morning.27 Apr 2015: In the early morning of 27th April 2015, the first node of the seafloor network at the KM3NeT-Fr site was successfully installed. This is again an important step in the realisation of the KM3NeT neutrino telescope. During this April campaign, the node was connected to the 40 km long electro-optical cable which connects the network to the shore station. Read more

The Collaboration is expanding – Morocco joins KM3NeT

24 Feb 2015: 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.