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May 2009KM3NeT1 What is KM3NeT ? Future cubic-kilometre scale neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean Sea Exceeds Northern- hemisphere telescopes by factor.

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1 May 2009KM3NeT1 What is KM3NeT ? Future cubic-kilometre scale neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean Sea Exceeds Northern- hemisphere telescopes by factor ~50 in sensitivity Exceeds IceCube sensitivity by substantial factor Scientific interest: - Neutrino astronomy (core energy range: 1 to 100 TeV ) - Dark Matter - neutrino studies (cross sections, oscillations, …) - exotics (monopoles, …)

2 May 2009KM3NeT2 The KM3NeT Field of View 2 downward sensitivity assumed Located in Mediterranean visibility of given source can be limited to less than 24h per day > 75% > 25%

3 May 2009KM3NeT3 ANTARES (RE6): Proof of Feasibility String-based detector; Downward-looking photomultipliers (PMs), axis at 45 O to vertical; 2500 m deep. Currently taking data with 10 lines, completion imminent. 14.5m 100 m 25 storeys, 348 m Junction Box ~70 m Latest data set

4 May 2009KM3NeT4 KM3NeT Progress and Status Technical: -Design Study (EU-funded with 9 M) -Conceptual Design Report Technical Design Report 2009 Political: -Pilot projects ANTARES and NEMO are CERN REs -High priority on ApPEC/ASPERA and ASTRONET roadmaps -On ESFRI 2006/08 roadmaps -Funding commitments (partly conditional to site) available on

5 May 2009KM3NeT5 Photo-sensors and optical modules Data acquisition, information technology and electronics Mechanical structures Deep-sea infrastructure Deployment Calibration Associated science infrastructure Prototyping, project planning & management Operation Implementation Tasks fields of CERN expertise

6 May 2009KM3NeT6 Timeline Towards Construction Note: Construction includes the final prototyping stage

7 May 2009KM3NeT7 Possible CERN Roles Recognised experiment (RE) Structural support with limited resources (reviewing and advisory role) Structural support with moderate resources (consolidating role in technology and site choices, project organisation etc., member of consortium) Involvement with significant resources (contribution to preparation and construction, leading member of consortium) Increasing intensity and impact


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