KM3NeT, a future European deep-sea research infrastructure, will host a neutrino telescope with a volume of several cubic kilometres at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea that will open a new window on the Universe.
The telescope will search for neutrinos from distant astrophysical sources like gamma ray bursters, supernovae or colliding stars and will be a powerful tool in the search for dark matter in the Universe.
An array of thousands of optical sensors will detect the faint light in the deep sea from charged particles originating from collisions of the neutrinos and the Earth.
The facility will also house instrumentation from Earth and Sea sciences for long term and on-line monitoring of the deep sea environment and the sea bottom at depth of several kilometers.
The KM3NeT Research Infrastructure (RI) will be geographically distributed over three installation sites, but centrally operated.
The three Installation Sites in the Mediterranean are (going from West to East): KM3NeT-Fr, located off-shore Toulon, France, KM3NeT-It, off-shore Porto Palo di Capo Passero, Sicily, Italy and KM3NeT-Gr, off-shore Pylos, Peleponnese, Greece.
On 15 October 2014, the GRBNeT group succesfully deployed a test 2 floors cross-shaped structure equiped with 8 glass spheres, few miles outside of Pylos harbor, a few km off the Sfaktiria Island, off the South West coast of Greece.
The deployment was performed in collaboration with the oceanographic boat of HCMR (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research)
Pylos Site Characteristics
The former “NESTOR Institute of Astroparticle Physics” web site