Aug 23 – 28, 2010
Bonn
Europe/Berlin timezone

Searches for Dark Matter with the IceCube Neutrino Telescope

Aug 27, 2010, 3:08 PM
15m
Hörsaal I (Bonn)

Hörsaal I

Bonn

Nussallee 12

Speaker

Dr Erik Strahler (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Description

IceCube is a km^3 scale neutrino detector being constructed deep in the Antarctic ice. When complete, IceCube will consist of over 5000 optical modules deployed on 86 strings between 1450 and 2450 m of depth. Of these, 6 strings will comprise a densely packed subarray of high efficiency modules in the deepest, clearest ice called DeepCore, which will extend the sensitivity of neutrino searches below 100 GeV. After a successful deployment season, IceCube is currently running in a 79 string configuration. IceCube can be used to indirectly probe the spin-dependent dark matter-nucleon scattering cross-section as well as the self-annihilation cross-section. Data taken with partial detector configurations has been used to search for neutrino signals of dark matter annihilations in the sun, halo, and galactic center. We present the current state of these searches as well as the projected sensitivity of the full detector.

Primary author

Dr Erik Strahler (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

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