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Physics and operation of the AMANDA-II high energy Neutrino Telescope
Author(s): S. W. Barwick; J. Ahrens; X. Bai; T. Becka; K.-H. Becker; D. Bertrand; F. Binon; A. Biron; S. Boser; O. Botner; O. Bouhali; T. Burgess; S. Carius; T. Castermans; D. Chirkin; J. Conrad; J. A. Cooley; D. F. Cowen; A. Davour; C. De Clercq; T. DeYoung; P. Desiati; J.-P. Dewulf; P. Doksus; P. Ekstrom; T. Feser; T. K. Gaisser; M. Gaug; L. Gerhardt; A. Goldschmidt; A. Hallgren; Francis Halzen; K. Hanson; R. Hardtke; T. Hauschildt; M. Hellwig; P. Herquet; G. C. Hill; P. O. Hulth; K. Hultqvist; J. Hundertmark; Janet Jacobsen; A. Karle; L. Kopke; M. Kowalski; Kyler William Kuehn; J. Lamoureux; H. Leich; M. Leuthold; P. Lindahl; J. Madsen; P. Marciniewski; Howard S. Matis; C. P. McParland; Y. Minaeva; P. Miocinovic; R. Morse; R. Nahnhauer; T. Neunhöffer; P. Niessen; David Robert Nygren; Hakki Ogelman; Ph. Olbrechts; C. Pérez de los Heros; A. C. Pohl; P. Buford Price; G. T. Przybylski; K. Rawlins; E. Resconi; W. Rhode; M. Ribordy; S. Richter; J. Rodríguez Martino; D. Ross; H. G. Sander; T. Schmidt; D. Schneider; R. Schwarz; A. Silvestri; M. Solarz; G. M. Spiczak; C. Spiering; D. Steele; P. Steffen; R. G. Stokstad; P. Sudhoff; K. H. Sulanke; I. Taboada; L. Thollander; S. Tilav; C. Walck; C. Weinheimer; C. H. Wiebusch; C. Wiedemann; R. Wischnewski; H. Wissing; K. Woschnagg; Gaurang B. Yodh; S. Young
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Paper Abstract

This paper briefly describes the principle of operation and science goals of the AMANDA high energy neutrino telescope located at the South Pole, Antarctica. Results from an earlier phase of the telescope, called AMANDA-B10, demonstrate both reliable operation and the broad astrophysical reach of this device, which includes searches for a variety of sources of ultrahigh energy neutrinos: generic point sources, Gamma-Ray Bursts and diffuse sources. The predicted sensitivity and angular resolution of the telescope were confirmed by studies of atmospheric muon and neutrino backgrounds. We also report on the status of the analysis from AMANDA-II, a larger version with far greater capabilities. At this stage of analysis, details of the ice properties and other systematic uncertainties of the AMANDA-II telescope are under study, but we have made progress toward critical science objectives. In particular, we focus on the search for continuous emission from astrophysical point sources and the search for correlated neutrino emission from Gamma Ray Bursts detected by BATSE before decommissioning in May 2000. During the next two years, we expect to exploit the full potential of AMANDA-II with the installation of a new data acquisition system that records full waveforms from the in-ice optical sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2003
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 4858, Particle Astrophysics Instrumentation, (3 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.477304
Show Author Affiliations
S. W. Barwick, Univ. of California/Irvine (United States)
J. Ahrens, Univ. of Mainz (Germany)
X. Bai, Univ. of Deleware (United States)
T. Becka, Univ. of Mainz (Germany)
K.-H. Becker, Univ. Wuppertal (Germany)
D. Bertrand, Univ. Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
F. Binon, Univ. Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
A. Biron, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
S. Boser, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
O. Botner, Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)
O. Bouhali, Univ. Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
T. Burgess, Stockholm Univ. (Sweden)
S. Carius, Kalmar Univ. (Sweden)
T. Castermans, Univ. of Mons-Hainaut (Belgium)
D. Chirkin, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Univ. Wuppertal (Germany)
J. Conrad, Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)
J. A. Cooley, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
D. F. Cowen, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
A. Davour, Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)
C. De Clercq, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
T. DeYoung, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
P. Desiati, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
J.-P. Dewulf, Univ. Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
P. Doksus, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
P. Ekstrom, Stockholm Univ. (Sweden)
T. Feser, Univ. of Mainz (Germany)
T. K. Gaisser, Univ. of Deleware (United States)
M. Gaug, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
L. Gerhardt, Univ. of California/Irvine (United States)
A. Goldschmidt, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
A. Hallgren, Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)
Francis Halzen, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
K. Hanson, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
R. Hardtke, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
T. Hauschildt, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
M. Hellwig, Univ. of Mainz (Germany)
P. Herquet, Univ. of Mons-Hainaut (Belgium)
G. C. Hill, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
P. O. Hulth, Stockholm Univ. (Sweden)
K. Hultqvist, Stockholm Univ. (Sweden)
J. Hundertmark, Stockholm Univ. (Sweden)
Janet Jacobsen, Lawrence Berkeley Lab. (United States)
A. Karle, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
L. Kopke, Univ. of Mainz (Germany)
M. Kowalski, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
Kyler William Kuehn, Univ. of California/Irvine (United States)
J. Lamoureux, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
H. Leich, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
M. Leuthold, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
P. Lindahl, Kalmar Univ. (Sweden)
J. Madsen, Univ. of Wisconsin/River Falls (United States)
P. Marciniewski, Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)
Howard S. Matis, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
C. P. McParland, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Y. Minaeva, Stockholm Univ. (Sweden)
P. Miocinovic, Univ. of Calfornia/Berkeley (United States)
R. Morse, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
R. Nahnhauer, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
T. Neunhöffer, Univ. of Mainz (Germany)
P. Niessen, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
David Robert Nygren, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Hakki Ogelman, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
Ph. Olbrechts, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
C. Pérez de los Heros, Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)
A. C. Pohl, Kalmar Univ. (Sweden)
P. Buford Price, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
G. T. Przybylski, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
K. Rawlins, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
E. Resconi, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
W. Rhode, Univ. Wuppertal (Germany)
M. Ribordy, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
S. Richter, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
J. Rodríguez Martino, Stockholm Univ. (Sweden)
D. Ross, Univ. of California/Irvine (United States)
H. G. Sander, Univ. of Mainz (Germany)
T. Schmidt, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
D. Schneider, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
R. Schwarz, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
A. Silvestri, Univ. of California/Irvine (United States)
M. Solarz, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
G. M. Spiczak, Univ. of Wisconsin/River Falls (United States)
C. Spiering, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
D. Steele, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
P. Steffen, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
R. G. Stokstad, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
P. Sudhoff, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
K. H. Sulanke, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
I. Taboada, Univ. Simón Bolívar (Venezuela)
L. Thollander, Stockholm Univ. (Sweden)
S. Tilav, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
C. Walck, Stockholm Univ. (Sweden)
C. Weinheimer, Univ. of Mainz (Germany)
C. H. Wiebusch, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
C. Wiedemann, Stockholm Univ. (Sweden)
R. Wischnewski, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
H. Wissing, DESY-Zeuthen (Germany)
K. Woschnagg, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Gaurang B. Yodh, University of California/Irvine (United States)
S. Young, Univ. of California/Irvine (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4858:
Particle Astrophysics Instrumentation
Peter W. Gorham, Editor(s)

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