IceCube neutrino observatory
Halzen, Francis IceCube Research Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.
- Invention and discovery of the neutrino
- Detecting solar and supernova neutrinos
- Detecting high-energy neutrinos
- IceCube design
- IceCube capabilities
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
It was only in the tenth century that, by building a large box camera, the astronomer Alhazen demonstrated once and for all that we “see” by capturing light from objects that emit or simply reflect light. Light is the messenger that brings the heavens to human eyes; eventually telescopes aided our eyes. For most of human history, that is how astronomy was done. Then astronomers discovered the astounding power of sensing the color (wavelength) of messenger photons. High-energy photons with tiny wavelengths, collected by satellites, revealed the most violent processes in the universe; gamma-ray bursts were discovered. Long-wavelength infrared light divulged spectacular views of star-forming regions. After the opening of the electromagnetic spectrum from radio waves to gamma rays, the idea of changing the messenger itself emerged half a century ago with the entry of the neutrino into astronomy. Neutrinos have the potential to be ideal cosmic messengers. Unfortunately, building neutrino telescopes has turned out to be a daunting technical challenge.
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Its dedicated editorial team is led by Sagan Award winner John Rennie. Contributors include more than 9000 highly qualified scientists and 39 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8500 articles and Research Reviews covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 17,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information