2019-2020 Science Planning Summaries
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2019-2020 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Management and operations of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory 2016-2021

Management and operations of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory 2016-2021
A-333-S Research Location(s): South Pole


Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 1600823

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Paul Sullivan / Leah Street

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Francis Halzen
University of Wisconsin Madison
Physics Department
Madison, Wisconsin


Supporting Stations: South Pole Station
Research Locations: South Pole


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 will include maintenance and operational improvements to the existing IceCube infrastructure, primarily in the South Pole IceCube Counting Laboratory (ICL). The following is planned: (1) replacing half of the dedicated IceCube servers in the ICL; (2) logging in the South Pole Ice Core (SPICECore) borehole; (3) training winter-over personnel; (4) conducting calibration runs; (5) fixing ICL air handlers; (6) retrograding and replacing JADE archival disks; (7) performing IceACT work, including upgrading the field telescope electronics and FieldHub connections, upgrading the sky camera in the doghouse, and reworking IceACT ICL networking; (8) disposing of approximately 2000 lbs of UPS batteries; (9) providing on-Ice DAQ upgrades support, doing a master clock upgrade, and performing a DOM power supply swap; (10) surveying IceTop corners (a long term monitoring project); and (11) performing a variety of ICL IT/DAQ-related tasks.

Deploying Team Members

  • Ralf Auer
  • Michelle Hall
  • Matt Kauer
  • John Kelley
  • Anna Pollmann
  • Frank Schroeder
  • Andrew Schultz