Photons from IceCube Muon

Photons from IceCube Muon

Photons from IceCube Muon

Cherenkov photons from a muon traversing the IceCube Detector. The figure shows a simulation of the light emitted by a muon as it crosses the IceCube Neutrino Detector deep in the icecap at the South Pole, Antarctica.  The muon was produced by a neutrino interaction just outside the detector physical volume. The GPUs in the CyberLAMP cluster are ideally suited for simultaneously tracing the paths taken by large numbers of individual photons and will allow simulations of neutrino interactions with much greater accuracy and speed than with conventional CPUs.  This will dramatically improve the researcher’s ability to determine the energy and direction of the interacting neutrino that created the muon in the first place.

Image: Claudio Kopper, University of Alberta, Canada
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