Tracing the Cherenkov light in real time (with Nikhef)

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About Tracing the Cherenkov light in real time (with Nikhef)

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The scientific goal of the KM3NeT neutrino telescope is to detect high-energy cosmic neutrinos. Different types of astrophysical sources in space emit high-energy electromagnetic radiation that is observed by conventional telescopes. It is expected that several of these sources also produce high-energy neutrinos. Due to its characteristics the neutrino is able to escape from regions that other radiation cannot escape, and to come from cosmological distances. Neutrino telescopes allow to observe what cannot be observed with other detectors that study astrophysical sources.

This project aims at the development of designated software to realise the simulation of the response of the KM3NeT detector to neutrino interactions in real time. As a result, the performance of the detector can be determined without compromise. The challenge is to efficiently propagate each photon through the sea water taking into account scattering and absorption and possibly the detection of the photon by one of the light sensors. As these photons do not interact with each other the simulation of the light propagation through the medium is naturally suitable to be executed in parallel.

Specifically, this project aims at enabling GPUs as target architectures for these simulations. There is a fair amount of programming involved, but the work is mainly experimental, focusing on iterative optimization of the solution towards real-time.