Wednesday, 27 July 2016

South Pole turned into giant neutrino detector

Mentioning Antarctica brings many things to mind, such as ice, penguins, and possibly even dead cities built by Lovecraftian horrors, but a gigantic radiation detector for unravelling the secrets of the Universe probably isn't high on the list. But that's just what an international team of scientists and engineers are building at the South Pole. Called the Askaryan Radio Array (ARA), will use the continent's vast expanses of dense transparent ice as an instrument for seeking radio waves thrown off by high-energy neutrinos from the depths of outer space.

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Particle physics

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