2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 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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A-340-S Research Location(s): Dark Sector


Event Number:
NSF/PHY 1607555

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Paul Sullivan / Timothy Ager / Neal Scheibe

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Abigail G Vieregg
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois


Supporting Stations: South Pole Station
Research Locations: Dark Sector


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

Two participants will deploy for four weeks to South Pole Station. They will retrofit the previously installed phased-array electronics with better heat sinking capacity, perform further calibration of the system, and install auxiliary surface channels to complement the phased-array trigger.

Deploying Team Members

  • Kaeli Hughes
  • Eric Oberla