The IceCube neutrino telescope, to be constructed near the Antarctic South Pole, represents the next generation of neutrino telescope. Its large 1 km3 size will make it uniquely sensitive to the detection of neutrinos from astrophysical sources. The current design of the detector is presented. The basic performance of the detector and its ability to search for neutrinos from various astrophysical sources has been studied using detailed simulations and is discussed.
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This research was supported by the following agencies: National Science Foundation–Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation–Physics Division, University of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, USA; Swedish Research Council, Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Sweden; German Ministry for Education and Research, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany; Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS-FWO), Flanders Institute to encourage scientific and technological research in industry (IWT), Belgian Federal Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural affairs (OSTC), Belgium; Inamori Sceience Foundation, Japan; FPVI, Venezuela; The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).