Dr Alain Maguer (NURC - Nato Undersea Research Centre)
NURC, the NATO Research Centre in La Spezia (ITALY) has been working for almost 50 years in the domain of underwater technology. This paper will describe NURC capability in the underwater acoustics technology and how this can be applied to the Neutrino telescope in Mediterranean Sea. Expertise will be described in deep water hydrophones design, acoustic and oceanographic calibration for deep water sensors, data acquisition and telemetry, acoustic positioning system, data tracking as well as importantly huge experience in systems design. In addition, NURC will present examples of some experimentations that were carried at sea by the Centre since 50 years and that take benefit of the full year availability of their two own ships ALLIANCE and LEONARDO. Eventually, NURC will present the work that it is currently doing with the Italian company SMID on the delivery of fully calibrated deep water hydrophones especially designed and built for the monitoring of neutrinos within the NEMO project for the Istituto Nationale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) in Catania Italy.
Dr alain Maguer (NURC NATO Undersea Research Centre)