Articles | Volume 2, issue 1
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 2, 35–40, 2013

Special issue: High energy geophysics: muon and neutrino radiography

Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 2, 35–40, 2013

Research article 23 Jan 2013

Research article | 23 Jan 2013

The KM3NeT project: status and perspectives

A. Margiotta1,* A. Margiotta
  • 1Dipartimento di Fisica dell'Università and Sezione INFN – Bologna, viale C. Berti Pichat, 6/2, 40127 Bologna, Italy
  • *on behalf of the KM3NeT Consortium

Abstract. KM3NeT is an international consortium involving more than 300 scientists from 10 EU countries. Its main objective is the construction of a multi-km3 high-energy neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean Sea that will also host an interdisciplinary observatory for marine sciences. KM3NeT has been included in the roadmap of the European Strategy Forum of Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). Very high energy neutrinos are important messengers to study non-thermal phenomena in the Universe. The pioneering ANTARES, NEMO and NESTOR underwater neutrino telescope projects include the extensive R&D knowledge base behind the KM3NeT project. A Technical Design Report has been published that describes the technological solutions chosen for the detector. The present status of the project is presented.