Lecture 'Ghost particles in the ice: the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole'

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03-12-2019 from 19:00 to 20:00
Campus Sterre - Building S9 - Aud.A2 - 2nd floor, Krijgslaan 281, 9000 Ghent
ICES - Institute for Continuing Education in Science - Faculty of Sciences
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Lecture by prof. Dirk Ryckbosch on the IceCube telescope at the South Pole: how it works and what the first results tell us about the univiverse.

Neutrinos are the most mysterious of elementary particles. They easily penetrate through enormous amounts of material, even all the way through the Earth. That is why they are sometimes called the "ghost particle". This also makes them perfect messengers from the Universe: they escape even from the center of exploding stars. We can observe them from places that are completely obscured for normal telescopes.

The IceCube collaboration has built a 1 cubic kilometer large telescope for neutrinos at the South Pole. A giant detector buried 2 kilometer deep in the ice, but still able to look at the cosmos. This instrument has observed neutrinos coming from astrophysical sources, opening a new window on the universe. Let’s take a look at the very first results showing in what kind of extreme environment the cosmic neutrinos are born.

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