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

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

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Coordinator

FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG

Address

Schlossplatz 4
3520 Erlangen

Germany

Administrative Contact

Ulrich Ferdinand KATZ (Professor)

Participants (27)

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CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS

Cyprus

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE/INSTITUT NATIONAL DE PHYSIQUE NUCLEAIRE ET DE PHYSIQUE DES PARTICULES

France

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

HELLENIC OPEN UNIVERSITY

Greece

NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH "DEMOKRITOS"

Greece

NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS

Greece

NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE

Italy

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA

Italy

TECNOMARE SPA

Italy

STICHTING VOOR FUNDAMENTEEL ONDERZOEK DER MATERIE.

Netherlands

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS

Spain

UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA ESTUDI GENERAL

Spain

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES

Ireland

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE DEZVOLTARE PENTRU FIZICA LASERILOR PLASMEI SI RADIATIEI / NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR LASER, PLASMA AND RADIATION PHYSICS

Romania

STICHTING KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ZEEONDERZOEK

Netherlands

COMMISSARIAT À L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITÄT TÜBINGEN

Germany

INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER'

France

UNIVERSITÉ DE HAUTE ALSACE

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 11937

  • Start date

    1 February 2006

  • End date

    31 October 2009

Funded under:

FP6-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 17 605 364

  • EU contribution

    € 9 000 000

Coordinated by:

FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG

Germany