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The ANTARES Collaboration is constructing a large area water Cherenkov  detector in the deep Mediterranean Sea, optimised for the detection of muons from high-energy astrophysical neutrinos.

The observation of high energy neutrinos will open a new window on the universe. The primary aim of the experiment is to use neutrinos as a tool to study particle acceleration mechanisms in energetic astrophysical objects such as active galactic nuclei and gamma-ray bursts, which may also shed light on the origin of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays. At somewhat lower energies, non-baryonic dark matter (WIMPs) may be detected through the neutrinos produced when gravitationally captured WIMPs annihilate in the cores of the Earth and the Sun, and neutrino oscillations can be measured by studying distortions in the energy spectrum of upward-going atmospheric neutrinos.

ANTARES is constructing and deploying a  detector with a surface area of 0.1 km2, a first step toward a kilometric scale detector.

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Picture : Antares and the Rho Ophiuchi Dark Cloud 
AAO image reference UKS 4 

Top left is NE. Image width is about 3.5 degrees
Anglo-Australian Observatory, Photograph from UK Schmidt plates by David Malin

 

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Author : Thierry Stolarczyk