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Workshop on "Low Energy" Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics with IceCube

March 19-20, 2009

The Center for Particle Astrophysics will host a workshop on "Low Energy Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics with IceCube's Deep Core Sub-Array." The workshop will be held March 19-20, 2009 on the Penn State University Park campus. The number of people attending will be kept small to foster an intimate working environment with ample time for open discussion.

In early 2010, IceCube will have fully deployed "IceCube Deep Core," a sub-detector comprised of the seven innermost IceCube strings, augmented by six additional strings located mainly below 2100 m in the clearest ice. Deep Core will be a densely instrumented 15-Mton region of IceCube with greatly enhanced sensitivity to dim, low energy events with a neutrino energy threshold of a few GeV, while the outer IceCube strings will form an extremely effective active veto against down-going cosmic-ray muons. This potent combination will open up a range of interesting neutrino physics opportunities at Ev ~ 5 GeV and higher.

The workshop format will have presentations followed by in-depth discussions of the theoretical and experimental aspects of these opportunities. We anticipate covering topics such as:

  • Indirect WIMP detection with low energy neutrinos
  • Neutrino oscillations at Ev ~ 5 GeV
  • Other fundamental neutrino properties (e.g., neutrino hierarchy)
  • Point sources of low energy neutrinos
      - GRB searches
      - Other point source searches
      - Neutrino-triggered searches
  • Atmospheric neutrino production physics (viz., charm/prompt)
  • Tau neutrinos with Deep Core
  • Multimessenger astronomy

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held in 321 Whitmore Lab on Penn State's University Park campus.

Information on how to reach State College is available.

A variety of maps of Penn State and State College is also available.

Workshop Program and Slides

The workshop program and slides are now available

Hotel Information

A block of rooms is being held for the nights of March 18-19, 2009; if you plan to stay the evening of Friday, March 20, please inquire at either hotel front desk.

Comfort Suites
132 Village Drive
State College, PA 16801
PHONE: (814) 235-1900
Room Block Code: PSU Physics Neutrinos
Rooms will be held until Tuesday, March 17; single rooms are $79 + tax per night

The Hampton Inn
1101 East College Avenue
State College, PA 16801
PHONE: (814) 231-1590
Room Block Code: NEU
Rooms will be held until Tuesday, March 17; single rooms are $88 +tax per night

Residence Inn - Marriott
1555 University Drive
State College, PA 16801
PHONE: (814) 235-6960

Organizing Committee

  • Doug Cowen, Chair
  • Ty DeYoung
  • Peter Mészáros
  • Irina Mocioiu

Please email Doug Cowen with any questions regarding the organization or content of the workshop.

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