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Dr. Andreas Haungs
Group Leader

Institute for Nuclear Physics (IKP)
Campus North

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute for Nuclear Physics
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Postal address:
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute for Nuclear Physics
Campus Nord, Geb. 401
Postfach 3640
D - 76021 Karlsruhe

Secretary's Office:
Anna Friedrich
Phone: +49/721/608-23546
Fax: +49/721/608-23548





IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory

Lu Lu (Chiba University, left) and Max Renschler (PhD student at KIT) with a prototype radio antenna installed in 2019. (Photo: IceCube Collaboration)
Thomas Huber (PhD student at KIT) with the prototype scintillator detectors installed in 2018. (Photo: IceCube Collaboration)

IceCube is a neutrino observatory located at the South Pole consisting of optical modules within a cubic kilometer of Antarctic ice. Neutrinos, being elusive particles, are cosmic messengers that can point to the highly energetic astrophysical sources in the Universe and gives insight to the processes involved in creating the highest energy particles in these sources. The surface part of IceCube, IceTop: including 162 ice Cherenkov tanks, enables the study of cosmic-ray air-showers and acts as a veto for the astrophysical events observed by the in-ice detectors.

Our group at KIT is mainly working on the enhancement of the IceCube experiment. Our working areas are

  • Design and preparation of the new surface array
  • Search for high-energy gamma rays
  • Elemental composition studies of Cosmic Rays
  • Validation of hadronic interaction models
  • Study of the muon content and distributions in air showers

The main idea of the IceTop enhancement is to build a hybrid surface array consisting of scintillator panels and radio antennas in order to improve the measurements of air showers. In this field, we are active in all the stages: detector development, construction, deployment and operation as well as simulation studies for the future surface array.

Apart from this, our group is also involved in the IceCube Upgrade. The upgrade involves the deployment of new sensors within the infill array of IceCube, which will greatly enhance the accuracy of detection of the lowest energy neutrinos. The IceCube Upgrade is already underway and is expected to be completed by 2023.

More Information
KIT-Activies at IceCube


Bachelor- or Mastertheses at KIT related to IceCube
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