KM3NeT

Abstract

KM3NeT is a future deep-sea research infrastructure hosting a neutrino telescope with a volume of at least one cubic kilometre. It shall be constructed in the Mediterranean Sea. In Februray 2006, the Design Study for the infrastructure, funded by the EU FP6 framework, started. The KM3NeT research infrastructure has been singled out by ESFRI (the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) to be included in the European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures. The Preparatory Phase of the infrastructure, funded by the EU FP7 framework, started in March 2008.

ANTARES, NEMO and NESTOR are the pilot projects of KM3NeT as they enabled the tuning of the technologies at smaller scales. The design, construction and operation of the KM3NeT neutrino telescope will be pursued by a consortium formed around the institutes currently involved in the ANTARES, NESTOR and NEMO pilot projects. Based on the leading expertise of these research groups, the development of the KM3NeT telescope is envisaged to be achieved within a period of about four years for preparatory R&D work, plus four years for construction and deployment.

With an angular resolution for muon events of better than 0.1 degree for neutrino energies exceeding 10 TeV, an energy threshold of a few 100 GeV and a sensitivity to neutrinos of all flavours and to neutral-current reactions, the KM3NeT neutrino telescope will be unique in the world in its physics sensitivity and will provide access to scientific data that will propel research in different fields, including astronomy, dark matter searches, cosmic ray and high energy physics.

Detailed description

Further details can be found on KM3NeT website.