The IceCube neutrino observatory: status and initial results
21 Apr 2011
1Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Fachbereich C – Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften, 42097 Wuppertal, Germany
Abstract. The IceCube collaboration is building a cubic kilometer scale neutrino telescope at a depth of 2 km at the geographic South Pole, utilizing the clear Antarctic ice as a Cherenkov medium to detect cosmic neutrinos. The IceCube observatory is complemented by IceTop, a square kilometer air shower array on top of the in-ice detector. The construction of the detector is nearly finished with 79 of a planned 86 strings and 73 of 80 IceTop stations deployed. Its completion is expected in the winter 2010/11. Using data from the partially built detector, we present initial results of searches for neutrinos from astrophysical sources such as supernova remnants, active galactic nuclei, and gamma ray bursts, for anisotropies in cosmic rays, and constraints on the dark matter scattering cross section. Further, we discuss future plans and R&D (research and development) activities towards new neutrino detection techniques.