F111: IceCube: Hunting neutrinos at the South Pole Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy


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Soon after the discovery of the neutrino in 1956, the idea emerged that it represented an excellent astronomical messenger. Neutrinos are elementary particles with tiny (and yet unknown) mass and no electric charge. They interact only weakly with matter and can therefore escape dense astrophysical environments and cross vast cosmic distances without being absorbed or scattered. Not only are they potential messengers about some of the most exotic phenomena in our Universe, but the neutrino is also a portal to understanding fundamental particle physics at the smallest of physical scales. Presently, the most sensitive high-energy neutrino observatory is the IceCube experiment located at the South Pole. In our presentation, we will introduce the detector, highlight recent discoveries and summarize the research in neutrino astronomy and particle physics carried out at the Niels Bohr Institute.

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