Darkness and Light: 13 Months at the South Pole

A School of Physics Public Talk

Ever wonder what it would be like to live and work at one of the coldest, most remote places on Earth? James Casey, Georgia Tech alumnus with a Ph.D. in Physics, and Martin Wolf can tell you all about it.

They are adjusting to life in more moderate conditions after 13 months operating the biggest and strangest telescope in the world, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole.

See incredible pictures of their exciting and challenging adventure, and learn what it takes to capture the almost invisible neutrino, nicknamed the ghost particle.

About the Speakers

James Casey
James Casey is from Huntsville, Alabama. Before becoming an IceCube winterover (a person who spends the winter in the South Pole) for the 2016-2017 South Pole season, James completed his Ph.D. in physics at Georgia Tech as a member of the IceCube Collaboration. For his graduate studies, his research focused on neutrinos generated in gamma-ray bursts. Besides physics, he also enjoys amateur radio, general aviation, and scuba diving.

Martin Wolf
Martin Wolf grew up in Germany and was part of the IceCube Collaboration for six years—receiving his Ph.D. in astrophysics—before becoming one of the two IceCube winterovers for the 2016-2017 South Pole season. Photography is one of his personal interests, and you can see his talent from the many wonderful photos he took while at the Pole.

This event is sponsored by IceCube and the School of Physics at Georgia Tech: https://meetings.wipac.wisc.edu/Atlanta2018/Home

Event Details


  • Wednesday, 2018, May 9 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Room 152, Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, 266 4th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313