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3 March 2003 The ANTARES project
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The ANTARES deep-sea neutrino telescope will be located at a depth of 2400 m in the Mediterranean Sea. Deployment of the detector will commence this Autumn and is expected to be completed by the end of 2004. With a surface area of the order of 0.1 km2 it will be one of the largest European detectors. The aim of neutrino telescopes is to detect high-energy neutrinos from astrophysical sources whilst also providing information on the early Universe. Successful operation of ANTARES in a deep sea environment constitutes an important milestone towards the ultimate goal of the construction of an underwater neutrino telescope at the cubic-kilometer scale. The sky coverage of astrophysical sources offered by a Mediterranean neutrino telescope is complementary to any similar device at the South Pole. The current status of the project is discussed and the expected performance of the detector is described in the context of the scientific programme of the project which comprises astrophysical studies, dark matter searches and neutrino oscillations.
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Teresa Montaruli "The ANTARES project", Proc. SPIE 4858, Particle Astrophysics Instrumentation, (3 March 2003);


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