2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Management and operations of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory 2016-2021

IceCube winterover transition at South Pole. From left to right, the 2015-16 winterovers Mack van Rossem and Christian Krueger, the winterover manager Ralf Auer, and the 2016-17 winterovers James Casey and Martin Wolf. 
Photo by IceCube/NSF


Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 1600823

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Neal Scheibe / Paul Sullivan / Leah Street

Principal Investigator

Dr. Francis Halzen

University of Wisconsin Madison
Physics Department
Madison, Wisconsin

Project Web Site:


Supporting Stations: South Pole Station
Research Locations: On 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) Installing scintillators in the northwest quadrant of the IceCube footprint; (2) Using a winch and specialized instrumentation to perform logging in the SPICE hole; (3) Training and transition of winterover staff; (4) Conducting IceCube calibration runs; (5) Making improvements to the 'doghouse' located on the roof of the ICL; (6) Performing IceTop Marker pole maintenance; (7) Replacing internal components to upgrade the existing telescope on the roof of the ICL; (8) Installing a mockup of a possible field deployable IceACT design near the ICL to study snow drifting effects; (9) Replacing USP batteries; and (10) Conducting small, additional IceCube maintenance and operations activities.

Deploying Team Members

  • Lesley Anderson
  • Ralf Auer
  • Timothy Bendfelt
  • Michael DuVernois
  • David Glowacki
  • Matt Kauer
  • John Kelley
  • Perry Sandstrom
  • Delia Tosa