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Baikal Neutrino Observatory

The Baikal Deep-Underwater Neutrino Telescope is located at a distance of 3.5 km from the shore at a depth of 1100 -1300 m in the south part of lake Baikal. The design of the neutrino telescope is an array of photomultiplier tubes detecting Cherenkov radiation generated bó secondary muons and particle cascades which are produced in neutrino interactions in the water.

It was constructed to study high-energy muon and neutrino fluxes and search for new types of elernentary particles: magnetic monopoles, WIMPs - massive particles which can be considered as candidates to "dark" matter, and others.

The telescope is one of the world's largest neutrino detectors. It is planned to increase the effective volume of the detector up to lcub. km.

The Baikal infrastructure is a multipurpose laboratory conducting research in the fields of hydrology, limnology and geophysics employing state of the art detectors.

Besides, the telescope has become a powerful tool for monitoring the ecological system of the south part of the lake which is mostly subjected to anthropological effect.

The telescope is the basis for the shared research center "Baikal Neutrino Observatory".

It is incorporated in the global world network of neutrinî telescopes GNN.

The first cluster of Baikal-GVD, a deep underwater neutrino telescope on the cubic kilometer scale, has started operation in Lake Baikal


Mounting of optical modules Mounting of optical modules
A winter expedition is concluded successfully
A winter expedition is concluded successfully

Scheme of deep-underwater telescope Scheme of deep-underwater telescope

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