ANITA is positioned during calibration test
at SLAC (June 2006).
The ambitious and innovative ANITA detector is
designed to be the first device to identify high energy neutrinos
created by collisions between cosmic rays and the the cosmic
microwave photons that pervade the Universe.
This source of neutrinos creates the unprecedented opportunity to study
the laws of physics at the energy frontier. At these energies, neutrino
collisions with matter could produce micro-black holes, or other exotic
manifestations of theories that attempt to unify all forces of Nature.
The balloon-borne payload will circle the continent of Antartica at
~35,000 meters, scanning the vast expanses of ice for telltale pulses of
radio emission generated by the neutrino collisions.