With an effective telescope area of order 104m2, a threshold of ~50GeV and a pointing accuracy of 2.5°, the AMANDA detector represents the first of a new generation of high energy neutrino telescopes, reaching a scale envisaged over 25 years ago. We describe its performance, focussing on the capability to detect halo dark matter particles via their annihilation into neutrinos.
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The AMANDA collaboration is indebted to the Polar Ice Coring Office and to Bruce Koci for the successful drilling operations, and to the National Science Foundation (USA), the Swedish National Research Council, the K.A. Wallenberg Foundation and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat. F.H. was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy under Grant No. DE-FG02-95ER40896 and in part by the University of Wisconsin Research Committee with funds granted by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
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