SNEWS - The SuperNova Early Warning System

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SNEWS is a cooperative effort between the world's neutrino detection experiments to spread the news that a star in our galaxy has just experienced a core-collapse and is about to be seen as a Supernova. This project exploits the ∼hours time difference between neutrinos promptly escaping the nascent supernova and photons originating when the shock wave breaks through the stellar photosphere, to give the world a chance to get ready to observe such an exciting event at the earliest possible time. A coincidence trigger between experiments is used to eliminate potential local false alarms, allowing a rapid, automated alert. SNEWS is currently operational and ready, and this poster presents the procedures in use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543
Number of pages1
JournalNuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements
Issue number1-3 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Jun 2005

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Acknowledgments: SNEWS is funded by NSF awards PHY-0303196 and PHY-0302166, with additional funding from NSF RUI award #0354848 supporting this presentation.


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