Wisconsin ice drilling program supports key research

By on November 14, 2014

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin who manage ice drills were important to the success of project IceCube, according to a release from the school. The project set up a new particle detector stationed at the South Pole that measures subatomic neutrinos.

A hot-water drill designed at the university was used in IceCube to install devices to detect neutrinos. The particles are important to astronomers, and are one of the universe’s least understood sub-parts.

Ice-drilling experts at the University of Wisconsin were also key to the success of ice-core extraction work that the school backed during the Ice Drilling Design and Operations program.

Top image: Researchers with the Deep Ice Sheet Coring Drill. (Credit: Jay Johnson)

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