Our Research

The Penn State IceCube group uses IceCube DeepCore and its atmospheric neutrino sample to study fundamental properties of neutrinos:

  • Muon neutrino disappearance
    • High statistics analysis (former grad student Dr. Matt Dunkman)
  • Tau neutrino appearance
    • High statistics analysis (Ms. Feifei Huang, Dr. Philipp Eller)

We have provided the event reconstruction that gives PINGU the direction and energy resolutions required for fundamental neutrino measurements:

  • PINGU event reconstruction (Dr. Philipp Eller, Ms. Feifei Huang and Mr. Justin Lanfranchi)
  • Neutrino Mass Hierarchy (Mr. Justin Lanfranchi)
  • Tau neutrino appearance (Ms. Feifei Huang, Dr. Philipp Eller)

We are studying the performance requirements for PINGU hardware and providing the firmware that will reside in each deployed module in the ice:

  • PINGU module dynamic range and timing requirements (Feifei Huang)
  • PINGU firmware development (Dr. Tyler Anderson, Ms. Daria (Dasha) Pankova and undergrads Ms. Sabrina Pellegrini, Ms. Melissa Quinnan and Mr. Matthew Weiss)

We have co-developed the analysis package PISA for use with low energy neutrino data (Dr. Philipp Eller and Mr. Justin Lanfranchi)

IceCube at Penn State

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