MSM involved in the construction of the largest telescope of neutrinos in the world

Published on Thursday, 30 July of 2015

The KM3NeT is the biggest telescope of neutrinos in the world and includes Spanish technology developed by Valencian and Catalan Universities.

The KM3NeT is a giant underwater telescope that will be used to detect neutrinos. The neutrino is an electrically neutral elementary particle with virtually zero mass, which comes from explosions of stars or black holes. The detection of these particles is performed thanks to high-precision sensors located at 2 km depth. The target of this telescope is to locate neutrinos and decipher their characteristics, for which a blue light called “Cerenkoz” has to be detected, being the traces left by neutrinos. This phenomenon is better observed at the bottom of the sea, due to the null light pollution there. As the image shows above, several photomultiplier tubes capture the small light signals and turn them into electrical ones.

The participation of Mediterráneo Señales Marítimas in collaboration with Gandia Campus of Valencia Polytechnic University (UPV) consists on the design and manufacture of acoustic transmitters that allow to know the exact position of each sensor.

The first phase of the KM3NeT installation is scheduled during 2015 and 2016 off the coast of Sicily (Italy), Marseille (France) and Pilos (Greece), and consists of 12,000 sensors distributed in several cubic kilometers.

When the UPV got in touch with us to start the collaboration in the project, we did not doubt it; since the support to Scientific Research is one of our priorities, both outside and inside our field.

We are very proud to take part in this project, which marks a beginning in the understanding of Univers.

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