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The KM3NeT/ORCA neutrino detector is coming online

On 22 September 2017, after a two day long sea operation, the first detection unit of the ORCA neutrino telescope came online. This marks an important milestone of the scientific and technological endeavour of the international KM3NeT Collaboration.

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Media galleries

Several albums with pictures galleries and links to video’s show the details of constructing a neutrino telescope in the deep seas of the Mediterranean.

Material is copyright KM3NeT, but can be used provided credits are mentioned as follows: ‘Courtesy KM3NeT’ or ‘Credits KM3NeT’. For some material different credits are specified. Please take note of that.

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Artist’s impressions

KM3NeT by Edward Berbee
KM3NeT neutrino telescope (Courtesy E. Berbee/Nikhef)
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KM3NeT Launcher of Optical Modules (Courtesy M. van der Meer/Quest)


KM3NeT selected for the 2016 ESFRI Roadmap

KM3NeT Installation Sites

(pdf version) (pictures taken during the launch event)

10 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. KM3NeT is a distributed research infrastructure with deep-sea sites planned in the Mediterranean Sea near Toulon (France), Sicily (Italy) and Pylos (Greece). Read more


Letter of Intent for KM3NeT 2.0

28 January 2016: Today, scientists of the KM3NeT Collaboration have publicly 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. Read more


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The construction of KM3NeT, the next generation neutrino telescope, has begun

8 December 2015: In the early morning of 3 December 2015, scientists and engineers started the installation of KM3NeT, which once completed, will be largest detector of neutrinos in the Northern Hemisphere. Located in the depths of the Mediterranean Sea, the infrastructure will be used to study the fundamental properties of neutrinos and map the high-energy cosmic neutrinos emanating from extreme cataclysmic events in the Universe. Read more