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Measurement of acoustic attenuation in South Pole ice
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2011 (English)In: Astroparticle physics, ISSN 0927-6505, E-ISSN 1873-2852, Vol. 34, no 6, 382-393 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using the South Pole Acoustic Test Setup (SPATS) and a retrievable transmitter deployed in holes drilled for the IceCube experiment, we have measured the attenuation of acoustic signals by South Pole ice at depths between 190 m and 500 m. Three data sets, using different acoustic sources, have been analyzed and give consistent results. The method with the smallest systematic uncertainties yields an amplitude attenuation coefficient alpha = 3.20 +/- 0.57 km(-1) between 10 and 30 kHz, considerably larger than previous theoretical estimates. Expressed as an attenuation length, the analyses give a consistent result for lambda equivalent to 1/alpha of similar to 300 m with 20% uncertainty. No significant depth or frequency dependence has been found.

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2011. Vol. 34, no 6, 382-393 p.
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Neutrino astronomy, Acoustics, South Pole, Acoustic attenuation, Ice
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-148656DOI: 10.1016/j.astropartphys.2010.10.003ISI: 000287068800008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-148656DiVA: diva2:402677
Available from: 2011-03-09 Created: 2011-03-09 Last updated: 2011-03-09Bibliographically approved

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