Feb 21 – 25, 2022
Vienna University of Technology
Europe/Vienna timezone

Xenoscope -- a full-scale vertical demonstrator for the DARWIN observatory

Feb 21, 2022, 2:25 PM
Vienna University of Technology

Vienna University of Technology

Gusshausstraße 27-29, 1040 Wien
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Frédéric Girard (University of Zürich)


The DARWIN observatory is a proposed multi-purpose experiment for dark matter and neutrino physics. At its heart, DARWIN will feature a 50 tonne (40 tonnes active) dual-phase xenon Time Projection Chamber (TPC) allowing to probe the experimentally accessible parameter space for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) in a wide mass-range until neutrino interactions with the target become an irreducible background. To test key technological concepts required for the realization of DARWIN, we built Xenoscope at the University of Zürich, a full-scale vertical demonstrator using 350 kg of liquid xenon (LXe). Xenoscope will be used to demonstrate, for the first time, the drift of electrons in LXe over 2.6 m. The facility will also be used to study electron cloud diffusion and to measure optical properties of liquid xenon. In the future, Xenoscope will be available as a platform to test multiple subsystems of DARWIN. This talk will present an overview of the DARWIN experiment and of the Xenoscope facility and its commissioning, as well as current measurements of the purity of liquid xenon and future measurements campaigns.

Primary author

Frédéric Girard (University of Zürich)


Alessandro Manfredini (University of Zurich) Kevin Thieme (University of Zurich) Laura Baudis (University of Zurich) Michelle Galloway (University of Zürich) Neil McFadden Patricia Sanchez-Lucas (University of Zurich) Ricardo Peres (University of Zurich) Yanina Biondi (University of Zurich)

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