Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Berkeley Lab Scientists at the South Pole Work to Collect Astronomical Data

Roughly 10,000 miles from Berkeley at the South Pole, scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are working on a project that hopes to provide information on large-scale astrophysical events. Scientists with the IceCube project are using digital optical modules - extremely sensitive light detectors - to study events in the universe. By using these "IceCube" detectors, the researchers can record light caused by neutrinos - electrically neutral elementary particles - when they hit the ice surrounding the detector, allowing scientists to learn more about cosmic happenings such as gamma ray bursts and exploding stars. More>