Deep sea tests of a prototype of the KM3NeT digital optical module
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Deep sea tests of a prototype of the KM3NeT digital optical module

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KM3NeT Collaboration; Calvo Díaz-Aldagalán, David; Hernández Rey, Juan José Perfil; Martínez Mora, Juan A.; Real Máñez, Diego; Zornoza Gómez, Juan de Dios Perfil; Zúñiga Román, Juan
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The first prototype of a photo-detection unit of the future KM3NeT neutrino telescope has been deployed in the deepwaters of the Mediterranean Sea. This digital optical module has a novel design with a very large photocathode area segmented by the use of 31 three inch photomultiplier tubes. It has been integrated in the ANTARES detector for in-situ testing and validation. This paper reports on the first months of data taking and rate measurements. The analysis results highlight the capabilities of the new module design in terms of background suppression and signal recognition. The directionality of the optical module enables the recognition of multiple Cherenkov photons from the same (40)Kdecay and the localisation of bioluminescent activity in the neighbourhood. The single unit can cleanly identify atmospheric muons and provide sensitivity to the muon arrival directions.

    KM3NeT Collaboration Calvo Díaz-Aldagalán, David Hernández Rey, Juan José Martínez Mora, Juan A. Real Máñez, Diego Zornoza Gómez, Juan de Dios Zúñiga Román, Juan 2014 Deep sea tests of a prototype of the KM3NeT digital optical module European Physical Journal C 74 9 3056
http://dx.doi.org/10.1140/epjc/s10052-014-3056-3
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