2016-2017 USAP Field Season
Management and operations of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory 2016-2021
Dr. Francis Halzen
University of Wisconsin Madison
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Supporting Stations: South Pole Station
The IceCube neutrino telescope transforms a cubic kilometer of ice into a Cherenkov detector. IceCube will open unexplored wavelength bands for astronomy using neutrinos as cosmic messengers. The project is an international collaboration and the University of Wisconsin Madison serves as the host institution providing oversight and staffing.
Field Season Overview
On-Ice activities this season include improvements to the existing IceCube infrastructure located at The South Pole. The team will conduct most of their work in the IceCube Counting Laboratory (ICL). Planned work includes: (1) Upgrading UPSs in the ICL; (2) Installing software upgrades to core computing nodes at the ICL; (3) Training and transition of winterover staff; (4) IceCube Calibration runs; (5) Replacing Acopian power supply; (6) Replacing ATX power supply; (7) Possible materials testing related to future scintillator installations; (8) Installation of 2nd doghouse on the roof of the ICL, and; (9) Investigating the possibility of installing a crane or hoist at the ICL which could be used to deliver cargo to the second floor of the ICL.
Deploying Team Members