2020-2021 USAP Field Season
IceCube Upgrade: An IceCube extension for precision neutrino physics and astrophysics
Dr. Kael Dylan Hanson
Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
Leveraging the experience of the IceCube collaboration and the currently operating infrastructure of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a five-year project is proposed to advance the state of the art in multimessenger astronomy with neutrinos and improve on the ability of IceCube to make a unique measurement of the unitarity of the PMNS (Pontecorvo-Maki-Nakagawa-Sakata) matrix. This award, the IceCube Gen2 Phase 1 extension, will fund the deployment of seven additional strings of photon sensors at the bottom center of IceCube. The new strings will use multiple photomultiplier tube (PMT) Digital Optical Modules (mDOMs) that provide better directionality and more than double the photocathode area per module, at lower cost per unit area, than traditional IceCube DOMs.
Field Season Overview
For McMurdo Station, no participants will deploy during the 2020-21 field season. The Science Traverse Supervisor will be the ASC point of contact (POC) for McMurdo activities, as time allows. The POC will help direct and facilitate cargo coordination with South Pole Operations Traverse (SPoT) personnel based on available capacity to the South Pole Station. The POC will also conduct minor information gathering per instructions from the ASC project manager.
On-Ice activities for this project at the South Pole will include grooming the drill pad and relocated the ICL road, preparing a skid steer loader with suitable modifications for working at the South Pole, receiving cargo delivered from the South Pole Operations Traverse, and grooming the drill equipment storage berm area.