Possible IceCube Theses



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Detector development

  • Development of imaging air-Cherenkov Telescopes (IceAct) for the measurement of air showers at the surface
  • Development of test stands and test of optical sensors for the IceCube upgrade
  • Development of acoustic sensors for improving IceCube’s calibration and extending the neutrino measurements

Analysis and methods

  • Anisotropy studies of registered neutrino events
  • Investigation of high-energy neutrinos
  • Test studies on the efficiency of data selection at the South Pole
  • Development and testing of new analysis and reconstruction algorithms

Other topics by arrangement

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

Examples of possible Bachelor's theses in 2020 are (detector development (D), analysis (A), Monte-Carlo (M), computing (C), theory (T)):

  1. IceAct: Setup and test of new telescopes for the surface instrumentation for IceCube (D)
  2. IceAct: Analysis of 2019 Southpole data (Air-shower and calibration measurements) (A/D)
  3. IceCube: Test of new calibration methods for the geometry of IceCube (D/A/M)
  4. IceCube: Setup of a PMT testbench and comparative measurements for the IceCube Upgrade (D/A)
  5. IceCube: Improving analysismethods for the identification and reconstruction of neutrinos (A/M/C)
  6. IceCube: Test of improvements using Machine-Learning methods for the measurement of astrophysical neutrinos (A/M/C)
  7. IceCube: Development of faster computing methods for the analysis of neutrino skymaps (A/M/C)
  8. IceCube: Data simulation comparison for the search of slow magnetic monopoles (A/M/C)
  9. IceCube: Evaluation of systematic effects on the directional reconstruction of neutrinos (A/M/C)

Examples of possible Master's theses in 2020 (detector development (D), analysis (A), Monte-Carlo (M), computing (C), theory (T), unblinding (U))

  1. IceAct: Analysis of the 2019 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 of an acoustic Module for the IceCube Upgrade (D)
  7. IceCube: Development of a Web-based event display for IceCube (C)
  8. IceCube: Geometry calibration using trilateration with a global likelihood method (D/M/C)
  9. IceCube-Gen2: Sensitivity study of a future IceCube-Gen2 observatory (M/A)
  10. IceCube-Gen2: Electronic testing and developing for calibration modules (D)
  11. IceCube: Search for slowly moving particles (monopoles and Q-Balls) in IceCube (A/M/U)
  12. IceCube: Seasonal variation of atmospheric neutrinos and correlation with climate data (A/M/U)
  13. IceCube: Development of an unbinned likelihood method for the cosmic neutrino measurement (M/C)
  14. 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)
  15. IceCube: Analysis of the pointing accuracy of the highest energy neutrinos (A/M/C)
  16. IceCube: Search for directional cross-correlations of measured neutrinos with Ultra-High-Energy Cosmic Rays (A/M/C)
  17. IceCube: Improvement of astrophysical neutrino measurements with machine learning (A/M/C/U)
  18. IceCube: Analysis of systematic uncertainties in atmospheric neutrino data (A/M)
  19. IceCube: Test of dark matter models in observed astrophysical neutrinos (A/M/U)

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