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Experimental Particle and Astro-Particle Physics Seminar

Stefanos Leontsinis (University of Zurich (CH))

Abstract: We present results from a 3.1~\kgd~target exposure of two silicon charge-coupled devices (CCDs), each with 24 megapixels and skipper readout, deployed in the DAMIC (DArk Matter In CCDs) setup at SNOLAB. With a reduction in pixel readout noise of a factor of 10 relative to the previous detector, we investigate the excess population of low-energy events in the CCD bulk previously observed above expected backgrounds. We address the dominant systematic uncertainty of the previous analysis through a depth fiducialization designed to reject surface backgrounds on the CCDs. The measured bulk ionization spectrum confirms with higher significance the presence of an excess population of low-energy events in the CCD target with characteristic rate of ∼7 events per kg-day and electron-equivalent energies of ∼80 eV, whose origin remains unknown. The confirmation of this excess population may have significant implications for the next generation of CCD dark matter experiments. We explore two hypothetical scenarios for the observed excess, considering it as an irreducible background and as a manifestation of new physics.



    • 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
      The DAMIC at SNOLAB spectral excess 1h
      Speakers: Dr Michelangelo Traina (Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (CENPA), University of Washington, United States), Michelangelo Traina (LPNHE, Sorbonne Université, Paris)