IceCube is the neutrino observatory located at the South Pole consisting of optical modules within a cubic kilometer of Antarctic ice. Neutrinos, as almost elusive particles, are great cosmic messengers possibly pointing to the extreme astrophysical sources and giving insight to processes involved in creating highest energy particles. 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 astrophysical events.
Our group at KIT is mainly working in the frame of the next generation of the IceCube experiment, IceCube-Gen2. Our working areas are
- Design and preparation of the new surface array
- Search for high-energy gamma rays
- Elemental composition and anisotropy studies of Cosmic Rays
- Validation of hadronic interaction models
A first step reaching Gen2 is the enhancement of the IceTop array with scintillator panels, where we are active in detector development, construction, deployment and operation as well as in simulation studies for the future surface array.