Astrophysicists have buried more than seven hundred sensors deep in the Antarctic ice cap to watch for the faint flashes of light produced by the passage of high energy subatomic particles. These sensors comprise the Antarctic Muon and Neutrino Detector Array (AMANDA), the first of a new generation of high energy neutrino telescopes. Conceived in the late 1980s and constructed over the past five years, AMANDA utilizes the clear Antarctic ice to hunt for these elusive particles. The AMANDA detector searches for energetic neutrino emissions from active galaxies as well as supernova explosions within our own galaxy.
The AMANDA project has been integrated into the IceCube project, for more information please see IceCube.