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

The SHADOWS Experiment

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Vienna University of Technology

Vienna University of Technology

Gusshausstraße 27-29, 1040 Wien
Recorded Presentation Dark matter and other low-background experiments


Valentina Cicero (INFN - National Institute for Nuclear Physics)


SHADOWS (Search for Hidden and Dark Objects With the SPS) is a proposed new beam-dump experiment, whose purpose is to search for a large variety of feebly-interacting particles possibly produced in the interactions of a 400 GeV proton beam with a dense target. SHADOWS has the potential to discover FIPs if they have a mass between the Kaon and the Beauty mass.
FIPs can emerge from the decays of charm and beauty hadrons with a non-negligible transverse momentum and can be detected by an experiment placed off-axis where it is less affected by the beam background. Therefore SHADOWS can be placed at a beam of the CERN SPS and operated concurrently to the NA62 experiment, when NA62 is operated in beam-dump mode.
This contribution describes the state of the art of the detectors of the SHADOWS experiment.
The detector is a spectrometer placed after a long decay volume where FIPs can decay to two (or more) charged tracks or photons. The spectrometer will consist of a tracking system with high accuracy on the mass and decay vertex reconstruction, electromagnetic and hadronic calorimeters, and muon detector and timing detector with excellent time resolution (~ 100 – 200 ps) in order to reduce any combinatorial background (in particular the muon one) by requiring the tracks to be coincident in time.

Primary experiment SHADOWS

Primary author

Valentina Cicero (INFN - National Institute for Nuclear Physics)

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