Sven Lidström in front of the ICECUBE lab
Sven Lidström in front of the ICECUBE lab.

 

What will you do?
"I will be responsible for the day to day running of the neutrino detector/telescope ICECUBE, a major international experiment in astroparticle physics that Stockholm University is involved in.”

Why go back for another six months in the dark?
"Yes, first we have six months of sun and then you actually long for the darkness. When winter comes it isn't really completely dark all the time. We of course have the light of the moon and sometimes the aurora australis. The aurora australis (equivalent of the northern lights but in the southern hemisphere) is incredible down here and this year will probably be even better than for a long time as we are experiencing a solar climax. Then there is also the fact that the project we are involved with is so interesting and fun. There are masses of interesting projects going on down here and you really are in the middle of what is going on."

What are your thoughts when the last flight of the season leaves the base?
"We'll see what it feels like this time. The last time everything happened so fast that there was hardly any time to think. Then it was quite a good feeling, we had practised and prepared for the moment for over six months. Then there is a little fear mixed in, knowing that we must manage on our own for the next eight months as it is too cold for anyone to get here during that period."

What personal possessions could you not manage without?
"You can survive without most things really, but a pair of really good, warm and comfortable long johns and a good hat is nice to have when the temperature drops below -70C.