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IceCube Masterclass in Münster!

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© AG Kappes

Our working group hosts the IceCube Masterclass for another run. Here, pupils can grasp how the experiment detects neutrinos.
With presentations and do-it-yourself experiments, the students will be introduced to the topic. Raffaela Busse, who was a winterover last year, will give insights about the life and work at South Pole. Next, the participants have the opportunity to analyze real IceCube data. At the end, there will be a discussion of the results with other participants from different institutes in form of a video conference, like usually done in big collaborations.
Further information, also about other masterclasses of the Netzwerk Teilchenwelt at the Uni Münster, can be found at www.uni-muenster.de/Physik.KP/en/teilchenwelt. For questions contact Lew Classen.

Raffaela Busse back from South Pole!

© Raffaela Busse

For one year, our former Master student Raffaela Busse was in charge of the IceCube detector at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station. Her versatile tasks comprised the maintenance of the complex infrastructure of the detector, the surveillance of the systems for smooth data taking and carrying out special measurements. But better let herself report about her noumerous interesting activities and experiences in her blog: https://www.nechnif.net.
After vacations in New Zealand she now enriches again our working group while searching for Dark Matter with IceCube data in the framework of her PhD in the RTG 2149 - "Strong and Weak Interactions" . On several occasions, she gives talks about her time at the coldest place on Earth, for example at the Children's University as reported by the WWU.

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.

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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