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Acoustic positioning system for KM3NeT

Jul 30, 2015, 3:30 PM
Amazon Foyer Terrace (World Forum)

Amazon Foyer Terrace

World Forum

Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
Board: 284
Poster contribution NU-IN Poster 1 DM and NU


Piera Sapienza (INFN)


KM3NeT is the next generation neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean Sea employing the technique of Cherenkov photon detection. The Acoustic Positioning System (APS) is a mandatory sub-system of KM3NeT that must provide the position of the telescope’s mechanical structures, in a geo-referenced coordinate system. The APS is important for a safe and accurate deployment of the mechanical structures and, for science sake, for precise reconstruction of neutrino-induced events. The KM3NeT APS is composed of three main sub-systems: 1) an array of acoustic receivers (hydrophones and piezos) rigidly connected to the telescope mechanical structures; 2) a Long Base-Line (LBL) of acoustic transmitters (beacons) and receivers, anchored on the seabed in known positions; 3) a farm of PCs for the acoustic data analysis, on-shore. On shore, the positions of the acoustic receivers are calculated by measuring the ToF (Time Of Flight) of the LBL beacons’ signals on the acoustic receivers, thus determining, via multi-lateration, the position of the acoustic receivers with respect to the geo-referenced LBL. The synchronized and syntonized electronics and the data transmission/acquisition allows for calculating the latencies of the whole data acquisition chain with accuracy better than 100 ns. The APS, in combination with compass and tilt, pressure, current and sound velocity data, is expected to measure the positions of the digital optical modules in the deep sea with accuracy of about 10 cm. Since data are continuously transmitted to shore and distributed to the local data acquisition network at the shore station, acoustic data are available also for Earth and Sea science users. The KM3NeT APS is also an excellent tool to study the feasibility of a neutrino acoustic detector and a possible correlation between acoustic and optical signals.
Collaboration KM3NeT
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 1229

Primary author


Carmelo Pellegrino (INFN) Francesco Simeone (INFN) Giorgio Riccobene (INFN) María Saldaña Coscollar (UPV) Miguel Ardid (UPV) Piera Sapienza (INFN) Robert Lahmann (Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen (DE)) Vincent Bertin (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (FR))

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