Status of the ANTARES project
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The ANTARES collaboration is constructing a neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean Sea at a depth of 2400 metres, about 40 kilometres off the French coast near Toulon. The detector will consist of 12 vertical strings anchored at the sea bottom, each supporting 25 triplets of optical modules equipped with photomultipliers, yielding sensitivity to neutrinos with energies above some 10 GeV. The effective detector area is roughly 0.1 km2 for neutrino energies exceeding 10 TeV. The measurement of the Čerenkov light emitted by muons produced in muon-neutrino charged-current interactions in water and under-sea rock will permit the reconstruction of the neutrino direction with an accuracy of better than 0.3∘ at high energies. ANTARES will complement the field of view of neutrino telescopes at the South Pole in the low-background searches for point-sources of high-energy cosmic neutrinos and will also be sensitive to neutrinos produced by WIMP annihilation in the Sun or the Galactic centre.
PACS: 95.55.Vj Neutrino, muon, pion, and other elementary particle detectors; cosmic ray detectors – 95.35.+d Dark matter (stellar, interstellar, galactic, and cosmological) – 95.30.-k Fundamental aspects of astrophysics