About IceCube

“Extreme South Pole Science” to be presented at UW-Richland April 24
3/27/13

Take the opportunity to hear about IceCube, the biggest and strangest telescope in the world, on Wednesday, April 24, at the University of Wisconsin-Richland.

UW-Madison engineer Jim Haugen will give a presentation entitled “Extreme South Pole Science” and all interested people are welcome. Haugen, a member of the IceCube research team, will be at UW-Richland to discuss the project. Two presentations are scheduled—a daytime program from noon – 1pm and an evening program from 7 – 8pm—both to take place in the Pippin Conference Center/Melvill Hall on campus.

Hear how IceCube was built in one of the most remote and extreme environments on Earth to develop new ways to explore the universe.

According to the project website, http:/icecube.wisc.edu, “IceCube is a particle detector at the South Pole that records the interactions of a nearly massless sub-atomic particle called the neutrino. IceCube searches for neutrinos from the most violent astrophysical sources: events like exploding stars, gamma ray bursts, and cataclysmic phenomena involving black holes and neutron stars. The IceCube telescope is a powerful tool to search for dark matter, and could reveal the new physical processes associated with the enigmatic origin of the highest energy particles in nature. In addition, exploring the background of neutrinos produced in the atmosphere, IceCube studies the neutrinos themselves; their energies far exceed those produced by accelerator beams. IceCube is the world's largest neutrino detector, encompassing a cubic kilometer of ice.”

Located at the center of Antarctica, the South Pole station is challenging and exciting place to work. Find out more about the project by attending one of the April 24 programs. Admission is free.

The presentation is sponsored by the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center with funds from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. Local hosts for the April 24 program are the UW-Richland Continuing Education Office and UW-Madison Alumni Richland Center Chapter. UW-Richland is located at 1200 Highway 14 West in Richland Center. For more information, contact UW-Richland Continuing Education by email at rlnce@uwc.edu or by phone at (608) 647-6186, Extension 227.

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Contact

Dorothy Thompson
608.647.6186, ext. 231