IMB-3: a large water Cherenkov detector for nucleon decay and neutrino interactions

R. Becker-Szendy, R. M. Bionta, C. B. Bratton, D. Casper, R. Claus, B. Cortez, S. T. Dye, S. Errede, G. W. Foster, W. Gajewski, K. Ganezer, M. Goldhaber, T. J. Haines, P. G. Halverson, E. Hazen, T. W. Jones, D. Kielczewska, W. R. Kropp, J. G. Learned, J. M. LoSeccoS. Matsuno, J. Matthews, G. McGrath, C. McGrew, R. Miller, M. S. Mudan, H. S. Park, L. Price, F. Reines, J. Schultz, S. Seidel, D. Sinclair, H. W. Sobel, J. L. Stone, L. R. Sulak, R. Svoboda, G. Thornton, J. C. Van der Velde, C. Wuest

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The IMB experiment, a large water Cherenkov detector which began data collection in September 1982, has undergone several upgrades to improve light collection, on-line processing power, data throughput and buffering, calibration, and operating efficiency. The current device, known as IMB-3, enjoys a factor of four light collection advantage over its precursor. Since May 1986, it has been used to search for such diverse phenomena as nucleon decay, dark matter, neutrino oscillation, and magnetic monopoles, and to study stellar collapse and cosmic rays. Due to its large size and long exposure time IMB presents unique challenges. The design and operation of the IMB-3 detector are described in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-382
Number of pages20
JournalNuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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