About Baikal expedition

Media, 02 March 2022

The regular expedition aimed at the construction of the deep underwater cubic-kilometre large neutrino telescope Baikal-GVD is in full swing on Lake Baikal.

Within about two months, the Baikal-GVD collaboration is going to install two new clusters of optical modules, repair and modernise already installed ones, as well as continue working on the development of the data transmission system through optical lines inside the facility.

A participant of the expedition, a DLNP JINR senior researcher Bair Shaibonov shared some pieces of news.

The ice camp has been deployed. Several teams are conducting full-fledged work both in the camp and in the coastal centre. The installation of a new, the ninth cluster is underway. One string is almost completely assembled. Moreover, specialists have deployed a complex to produce baring cables that will hold new strings. One such cable is ready for the assembling of the next string. In addition, participants of the expedition are repairing the seventh cluster. Two strings are disassembled, the equipment is replaced.

The Baikal-GVD Neutrino Telescope is being constructed by the efforts of the international collaboration with the leading role of the RAS Institute for Nuclear Research (Moscow), the initiator of the experiment and the founder of the field “neutrino astronomy” in the world, and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna). In total, more than 70 scientists and engineers from eleven research centres in Russia, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Kazakhstan take part in the project.

Photos by Bair Shaibonov