29 July 2018 to 4 August 2018
Russian Academy of Sciences
Europe/Moscow timezone

Neutrino astronomy and oscillation research in the Mediterranean: ANTARES and KM3NeT

30 Jul 2018, 15:30
Russian Academy of Sciences

Russian Academy of Sciences

Leninsky Prospekt, 32а Moscow 119071 Russian Federation
oral presentation [20+5 min] Cherenkov detectors in astroparticle physics Cherenkov detectors in astroparticle physics


Tommaso Chiarusi (INFN & Bologna University)


ANTARES, the largest underwater neutrino telescope in the Northern Hemisphere, has been continuously operating since 2007 in the Mediterranean Sea. The transparency of the water allows for a very good angular resolution in the reconstruction of signatures of interactions from neutrinos of all flavors. This results in unprecedented sensitivity for neutrino source searches in the Southern Sky at TeV energies, so that valuable constraints can be set on the origin of the cosmic neutrino flux discovered by the IceCube detector.
Building on the successful experience of ANTARES the next generation KM3NeT neutrino telescope is now under construction in the Mediterranean Sea to significantly boost the sensitivity. Two detectors with the same technology but different granularity are under construction at two sites and will focus on high energy cosmic neutrinos (ARCA with Gton instrumented volume, offshore Capo Passero, Italy) and on atmospheric neutrinos at low energies down to a GeV to address atmospheric neutrino oscillations (ORCA with Mtons instrumented volume, offshore Toulon, France). The basic KM3NeT detection element, the Digital Optical Module
(DOM), houses 31 three-inch PMTs inside a 17 inch glass sphere. This multi-PMT concept yields significant allows for an accurate measurement of the light intensity (photon counting) and offers directional in-
formation with an almost isotropic field of view, at a reduced cost.
The presentation will provide an overview on the newest results from Antares and an outlook towards the construction plan and exciting science potential of KM3NeT.

Primary author

Tommaso Chiarusi (INFN & Bologna University)


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