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Design Study for a Deep Sea Facility in the Mediterranean for Neutrino Astronomy and Associated Sciences

Objective

In the framework of the 3-year KM3NeT Design Study the scientific and technical design issues related to a future cubic-kilometre sized deep-sea infrastructure housing a next-generation neutrino telescope and providing long-term access for deep-sea research is assessed. The major deliverable of the Design Study is a technical design report (TDR) for the envisaged infrastructure. Legal, governance and political aspects are addressed in parallel with the scientific and technical work. The consortium performing the Design Study consists of 25 participants from Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom, amongst them all institutes involved in the existing pilot projects in the Mediterranean Sea (ANTARES, NEMO, NESTOR) and several institutes specialised in deep-sea technology and science. The work to be performed in the Design Study is structured in nine work packages (WPs): WP1 is devoted to the management of the Design Study and its overall coordination. WP2 is concerned with evaluating the physics sensitivity of the neutrino telescope depending on its geometry, the site parameters and the component characteristics and will provide input for sensitivity optimisation with respect to cost. WP3 addresses the design of the photo sensor modules, the mechanical structures and the calibration system, whereas WP4 covers data acquisition, transport and online processing. In WP5 the site characteristics, the sea-bottom infrastructure, the deep-sea and deployment operations and the shore facilities are studied. Possibilities to use floating platforms for deployment and calibration purposes are investigated in WP6. In WP7, an appropriate quality assurance programme for the future construction of the infrastructure is developed and risk assessment studies are performed. The funding, legal, governance and political aspects are pursued in WP8. Finally, in WP9 the

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-INFRASTRUCTURES-4
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Funding Scheme

DS-SSA - Design studies implemented as Specific Support Actions

Coordinator

FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Address
Schlossplatz 4
3520 Erlangen
Germany

Participants (27)

CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL
Germany
Address
Ohlshausenstrasse 40
Kiel
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
Address
Kallipoleos 75
20537 Nicosia
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE/INSTITUT NATIONAL DE PHYSIQUE NUCLEAIRE ET DE PHYSIQUE DES PARTICULES
France
Address
3 Rue Michel-ange
Paris
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
Address
Athens-sounion Rd., 46.5 Km
712 Anavissos
HELLENIC OPEN UNIVERSITY
Greece
Address
Sahtouri 16 & Ag. Andreou Str.
Patras
NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH "DEMOKRITOS"
Greece
Address
Ag. Paraskevi Attikis
60228 Athens
NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Lofos Nymfon
Athens
NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Chr. Lada 6
Athens
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
P.le Aldo Moro, 7
Roma
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE
Italy
Address
Via E. Fermi 40
Frascati (Roma)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA
Italy
Address
Via Vigna Murata, 605
Rome
TECNOMARE SPA
Italy
Address
San Marco 3584
Venezia
STICHTING VOOR FUNDAMENTEEL ONDERZOEK DER MATERIE.
Netherlands
Address
Van Vollenhovenlaan 659
3021 Utrecht
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS
Spain
Address
Serrano 117
Madrid
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA ESTUDI GENERAL
Spain
Address
Avenida Blasco Ibañez, 13
22085 Valencia
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
Address
Camino De Vera, S/n
Valencia
THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
Address
Kings College
Aberdeen
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
Address
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds
UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
Address
Senate House, Abercromby Square
Liverpool
UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Address
Western Bank
Sheffield
DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
Ireland
Address
10 Burlington Road
Dublin 4
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE DEZVOLTARE PENTRU FIZICA LASERILOR PLASMEI SI RADIATIEI / NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR LASER, PLASMA AND RADIATION PHYSICS
Romania
Address
Atomistilor 409
MG-23 Magurele
STICHTING KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ZEEONDERZOEK
Netherlands
Address
Landsdiep 4
P.O. Box 59 Den Hoorn-texel
COMMISSARIAT À L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
Dsm/dir, Bât. 523
Gif Sur Yvette
EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITÄT TÜBINGEN
Germany
Address
Wilhelmstr.7
Tübingen
INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER'
France
Address
Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, 155
Issy-les-moulineaux
UNIVERSITÉ DE HAUTE ALSACE
France
Address
2 Rue Des Frères Lumière
Mulhouse