Possible IceCube Theses

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Detector development

  • Development and commissioning of imaging air-Cherenkov Telescopes (IceAct) for the measurement of air showers at the surface
  • Calibration of optical sensors for the IceCube upgrade
  • Development of acoustic sensors for improving IceCube’s calibration

Analysis and methods

  • Investigations into the reconstruction accuracy of measured high-energy neutrinos
  • Use of machine learning to improve data selection at the south pole
  • Development and test of new analysis and reconstruction algorithms for improved measurement of astrophysical neutrinos
  • South Pole data analysis and test studies for improved cosmic ray measurements with IceAct
  • Method development for the acoustic calibration of IceCube
  • Development of DeepLearning methods for IceCube and the future IceCube-Gen2 experiment

Other topics by arrangement

  • Literature research
  • Simulation studies
  • Theoretical work
  • etc ...

Examples of possible Bachelor's theses in 2021 are (detector development (D), analysis (A), Monte-Carlo (M), computing (C), theory (T)):

  1. IceAct: Testing and commissioning of IceAct telescopes, camera calibration (D)
  2. IceAct: Analysis of 2020 data from the South Pole: data/simulation comparison and time stability (A/D)
  3. IceCube-Upgrade: Investigation of new calibration methods for the IceCube geometry (D/A/M)
  4. IceCube: Analysis, new selection methods with machine learning, in the search for slow particles (magnetic monopoles) (A/C)
  5. IceCube-Upgrade:Comperative PMT tests for the IceCube upgrade (D/A)
  6. IceCube: Improving analysis methods for measuring astrophysical neutrios using machine learning (A/M/C)
  7. IceCube-Upgrade: Firmware development for the Pinger front-end control system (D/C)
  8. IceCube-Upgrade: Swimming pool tests of the performance of the acoustic calibration modules(D/A)
  9. IceCube: Data/simulation comparison for the search for slow magetic monopoles using machine learning methods (A/M/C)

Examples of possible Master's theses in 2021 (detector development (D), analysis (A), Monte-Carlo (M), computing (C), theory (T), unblinding (U))

  1. IceAct: Analysis of the 2020 South Pole data: Coincidences with IceCube and IceTop (A/M/C)
  2. IceAct: Event-reconstruction with Machine Learning (A/M/C)
  3. IceAct: Improvement of detector simulation and comparison to experimental data (A/M/C)
  4. IceAct: Measurement of the Cosmic Ray composition (A/M/C)
  5. IceCube-Gen2: PMT characterization for the IceCube Upgrade (D)
  6. IceCube-Gen2: Development and Test of an acoustic Module for the IceCube Upgrade (D)
  7. IceCube: Geometry calibration using trilateration with a global likelihood method (D/M/C)
  8. IceCube: Search for slowly moving particles (monopoles and Q-Balls) in IceCube (A/M/U)
  9. IceCube: Development of an unbinned likelihood method for the cosmic neutrino measurement (M/C)
  10. IceCube: Observation of the shadow of the moon in Cosmic Rays, search for the sun-excess and -shadow at high energies. Calibration of the angular resolution (A/M/C)
  11. IceCube: Analysis of the pointing accuracy of the highest energy neutrinos (A/M/C)
  12. IceCube: Improvement of astrophysical neutrino measurements with machine learning (A/M/C/U)
  13. IceCube: Analysis of systematic uncertainties for measured atmospheric neutrinos (A/M)
  14. IceCube: Test of dark matter models in observed astrophysical neutrinos (A/M/U)

Examples of completed theses in recent years can be found here.