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

Project Title

Radio detection of the highest energy neutrinos with a ground-based interferometric phased array

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Event Number:
NSF/PHY 1607555

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Neal Scheibe / Paul Sullivan

Principal Investigator

Dr. Abigail G Vieregg

University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois


Supporting Stations: South Pole Station
Research Locations: Askaryan Radio Array (ARA) Drill Site


The ground-based interferometric phased-array high-energy neutrino detector is designed to discover the highest energy particles in our universe. Radio emission from particle cascades induced by neutrinos in glacial ice will be observed using an interferometric phased array that will be co-located with the Askaryan Radio Array (ARA) (A-107-S). These observations will be used to verify and extend IceCube astrophysical neutrino flux data to higher energies, inform design decisions for future detectors, and search for high-energy neutrinos. This project will be located at the South Pole to take advantage of the radio clarity and depth of the ice.

Field Season Overview

Participants will deploy to South Pole Station for six weeks. At ARA site number five, they plan to install a trigger array of antennas and beamforming trigger hardware into a single ARA borehole. One participant will arrive on station near the end of ARA drilling with time to prepare the phased array for deployment into the ARA borehole. ARA participants will aid in the installation of the array down the borehole. The ARA drilling structure will be used during setup of the phased array equipment. A second participant will arrive in early January to help with the remainder of the setup.

Deploying Team Members

  • Eric Oberla
  • Abigail Vieregg (PI)