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IceCube LED Modell at exibition in Karlsruhe !

© KIT-ZAK/Tanja Meißner

The LED model of IceCube on a scale of 1:1000, build in Münster, was exhibited in an event about particle and astroparticle physics organized by the KIT-Centrum Elementarteilchen- und Astroteilchenphysik (KCETA) in the town hall of Karlsruhe. The model consists of about 5000 separately steerable colored LEDs and alows the display of real IceCube events. Like previously in other routreach events like the Astroseminar of Münster, a huge interest in the model and its experiment was generated.

Premiere! Chasing the Ghost Particle

© LWL Mueseum

On Friday the 18th of January the Planetarium in the LWL-Museum für Naturkunde in Münster hosts the premiere of a new film:
„Die Jagd nach dem Geisterteilchen - vom Südpol bis an den Rand des Universums“.
The movie in 360° full-dome format shows information about the experiment and its background at the South Pole.
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Source of cosmic neutrinos detected!

West Nachrichten Icecube Koinzidenz
© Westfälische Nachrichten

The neutrino telescope IceCube has detected a neutrino in coincidence with high-energy gamma radiation for the first time.
The source was determined to be a blazar, a black hole in the center of a far away galaxy emitting a huge amount of mass and radiation in a pointed direction.
Amongst others, the newspaper Westfälische Nachrichten from Münster reported on this discovery.
A detailed article can be found in the Science magazine.

Who we are

Our group is working in the field of astroparticle physics with the  IceCube neutrino telescope and is actively involved in the planning of its successor, IceCube-Gen2. For example, we are developing optical sensors for the application in extreme environments like in the deep ice at the South Pole.

Furthermore, our group participates in the the DFG Research Training Group "Strong and Weak Interactions - from Hadrons to Dark Matter".


Our research is supported by the University of Münster and the DFG.

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