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WIPAC professor Stefan Westerhoff dies at 50

WIPAC professor Stefan Westerhoff dies at 50

Stefan Westerhoff, a professor in the physics department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018, after a long illness. He was 50.


The IceCube Collaboration meeting in Atlanta begins today!

The IceCube Collaboration meeting in Atlanta begins today!

Hosted by Georgia Tech, the spring IceCube Collaboration meeting starts today in Atlanta. Two hundred IceCube collaborators from 49 institutions will meet to discuss about a variety of topics, including the future expansion of IceCube.



The IceCube Collaboration meeting begins in Berlin

The IceCube Collaboration meeting begins in Berlin

The fall IceCube Collaboration meeting begins today in Berlin (Germany) hosted by the Humboldt University and DESY. More than 225 IceCube collaborators from around the globe will meet in person.


IceCube at ICRC 2017

IceCube at ICRC 2017

The International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC, closed yesterday in Busan, Korea, after almost ten days of exciting science on astroparticle physics topics, including several highlighted talks and updates from IceCube and even a few awards to IceCube collaborators.




IceCube Collaboration wraps up in Mainz, Germany

IceCube Collaboration wraps up in Mainz, Germany

The IceCube Collaboration fall 2016 meeting ends today at Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz in Germany. Professors Sebastian Böser and Lutz Köpke hosted the weeklong meeting.

"It’s been a total thrill to see how fast we as a collaboration are moving forward on so many fronts in parallel," says Sebastian Böser. "I hope everyone has enjoyed the meeting in Mainz as much as we've enjoyed hosting the collaboration."


IceCube at Neutrino 2016

IceCube at Neutrino 2016

IceCube researchers are once more joining the longstanding biennial Neutrino conference. The 27th International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics, Neutrino 2016, started on Monday in London, England, and runs through Saturday, July 9.



IceCube Collaboration meeting begins in Copenhagen, Denmark

IceCube Collaboration meeting begins in Copenhagen, Denmark

The IceCube Collaboration’s fall 2015 meeting begins today at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. Assistant Professor Jason Koskinen and Niels Bohr Professor Subir Sarkar of the University of Copenhagen host the weeklong meeting.


IceCube at ICRC 2015

IceCube at ICRC 2015

The IceCube Collaboration has a strong presence at the 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC 2015) with over 50 presentations and posters. ICRC started on July 30 and runs through August 6 in The Hague, Netherlands.



WIPAC hosts 2015 IceCube Spring Collaboration Meeting and IPA Symposium in Madison

WIPAC hosts 2015 IceCube Spring Collaboration Meeting and IPA Symposium in Madison

The Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) is pleased to host the IceCube Spring Collaboration Meeting, from April 27th to May 2nd, as well as the 2015 IceCube Particle Astrophysics Symposium: Cosmic Neutrinos, What Next? (IPA 2015), from May 4th to 6th. Both conferences will be held at Union South on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.


Per Olof Hulth (1943-2015)

Per Olof Hulth (1943-2015)

AMANDA collaborator, first IceCube spokesperson, initiated DeepCore, esteemed colleague and beloved friend.


IceCube 2014 in brief

IceCube 2014 in brief

Yet another year has come to an end for IceCube with plenty of new science results, an always growing international collaboration, and plans for an update to the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. In the meantime, the detector’s performance has broken still another record, and many outreach activities, including the recently launched IceCube Masterclass, accompanied this hectic scientific activity.


Puerto Rican educator Armando Caussade to join IceCube at the South Pole

Puerto Rican educator Armando Caussade to join IceCube at the South Pole

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory team is anxiously awaiting the arrival of Armando Caussade at the South Pole. Caussade’s long journey from Puerto Rico to the frozen, windy desert that he will call home for a couple of weeks started on January 2, 2015. Although he arrived as scheduled at McMurdo Station on the coast of Antarctica on January 5, 2015, the last leg of his journey to the South Pole has been delayed two days so far due to poor weather.


Designing the future of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory

Designing the future of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory

Prof. Olga Botner, IceCube spokesperson and a physics professor at the University of Uppsala, and Prof. Francis Halzen, IceCube principal investigator and a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, tell us about the plans for an upgrade to the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. As an extension of the current detector, it can be built in a few years and within an affordable budget, thanks to expertise acquired with IceCube.


IceCube extends condolences on the passing of South Pole worker

IceCube extends condolences on the passing of South Pole worker

The IceCube Collaboration is saddened to hear of the loss of Thomas Lawrence Atkins, a contract worker at NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. We greatly appreciate the sacrifice that contractors make to support science teams like ours at the South Pole. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Atkins’ family and friends at this difficult time.



The end of the 10th IceCube polar season

The end of the 10th IceCube polar season

Expectations were high for this past season. The largest upgrade to IceCube’s hardware and software was completed on schedule. The new servers and readout computer upgrades brought new equipment to the Pole but also new opportunities for the scientists of the IceCube Collaboration, spread in a dozen or so countries around the world.



IceCube 2013 in brief

IceCube 2013 in brief

2013 was, no doubt, a great year for IceCube. Scientific results reached a crescendo with a beautiful IceCube neutrino event gracing the cover of Science magazine on November 21. It was also the year that Prof. Olga Botner, of Uppsala University, was elected IceCube spokesperson, following Prof. Greg Sullivan from the University of Maryland. Also, four new institutions joined the IceCube Collaboration. And, last but not least, the NSF review committee resoundingly approved the collaboration´s efforts.


A new summer for IceCube: the polar season that may have not happened

A new summer for IceCube: the polar season that may have not happened

This austral summer, on November 4, Ian Rees was the first IceCuber to reach the Amundsen-Scott station, after a long trip from Boulder, Colorado. From now until the end of the IceCube polar season, 20 people will fly to the Pole from Madison, Maryland and Delaware in the US, but also from Canada, Germany, Sweden, and Belgium.


IceCube spokesperson transition

IceCube spokesperson transition

In May 2013, the IceCube Collaboration elected Professor Olga Botner of Uppsala University, Sweden, as its new spokesperson, following a two-year service by Professor Greg Sullivan from the University of Maryland.




South Pole Science Comes to Whitewater

South Pole Science Comes to Whitewater

You may know that the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater is home to an observatory, giving people a look at the visual Universe. Many people don’t know, though, that Wisconsin played a major role in the construction and management of one of the world’s largest and most interesting telescopes, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, located at the South Pole in Antarctica.


IceCube Opens South Pole “Winterover” Positions

IceCube Opens South Pole “Winterover” Positions

It takes a lot people power to run the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. An international collaboration that includes hundreds of physicists, engineers, computer scientists, and administrators works year-round to run the detector, analyze data, and develop new projects.


What's a winterover?

What's a winterover?

If you’ve been watching our website, you might see weekly reports showing up regularly. Photos of dazzling auroras, indoor station photos, mid-winter party images…where do these all come from?


IceCube at Neutrino 2012

IceCube at Neutrino 2012

The IceCube Collaboration is pleased to announce participation in the upcoming 25th International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics June 3-9, 2012 in Kyoto, Japan. The conference, known as "Neutrino 2012," is a premiere international meeting covering neutrino physics, current and future detection technology, and neutrino beams.


Going green on the white continent

Going green on the white continent

The South Pole is home to ice, wind, and science. The extreme conditions that make it a difficult place to live and travel also make it an excellent location for astrophysics and astronomy.

One South Pole physics project, the Askaryan Radio Array (ARA), is making the most of the conditions by outfitting their detector with wind turbines and solar panels to help power their stations.




Women in Science: "IceCuber" Dawn Williams

Women in Science: "IceCuber" Dawn Williams

IceCube Collaborator Dawn Williams, from the University of Alabama, talks about neutrinos, how IceCube works, and what got her interested in particle physics


Earthquake devestates Christchurch, New Zealand

Earthquake devestates Christchurch, New Zealand

On February 21st at 12:51 PM New Zealand time, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake (USGS Earthquake Report) ripped through Christchurch, New Zealand resulting in more than 60 deaths and around $6 billion dollars (USD) in damage.

The IceCube collaboration sends its best wishes to the residents of Christchurch and our collaborators at the University of Canterbury.

Nearly 90 percent of the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) personnel believed to be in transit from Antarctica or on vacation in New Zealand at the time of the earthquake have been accounted for.

For updates, visit the USAP website