Stony Brook University PhD student Hans Niederhausen is spending two weeks at the South Pole working at IceCube, the world’s largest neutrino detector. Hans works with Joanna Kiryluk, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook, in her IceCube research group.
IceCube is a particle detector that records the interactions of a nearly massless subatomic particle called a neutrino. IceCube searches for neutrinos from the most violent astrophysical sources, such as exploding stars, gamma-ray bursts, and cataclysmic phenomena involving black holes and neutron stars. The IceCube telescope is a powerful tool that searches for dark matter and could reveal the new physical processes associated with the origin of the highest energy particles in nature.