Jul 4 – 11, 2012
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Australia/Melbourne timezone
ICHEP2012 - 36th International Conference for High Energy Physics

Direct Search for Dark Matter with the LUX Experiment

Jul 6, 2012, 5:30 PM
Room 216 (Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre)

Room 216

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Melbourne Australia
Parallel Sessions Track 11. Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology Room 216 - Top Quark Physics / Particle Astrophysics & Cosmology - TR4 & TR11


Dr Karen Gibson (Case Western Reserve University (US))


The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment consists of a two-phase xenon time projection chamber, which is being deployed at a depth of 4850 feet in the Homestake mine in Lead, South Dakota. When LUX begins operation in Fall 2012 it will be the world’s most sensitive dark matter detector, with a fiducial target mass of 100 kg. Results from a surface lab commissioning and calibration run of LUX will be presented. Comparisons will be made to a detailed detector simulation, which is novel for such a class of detectors. Expected sensitivity and physics reach for detecting WIMP dark matter will be discussed, and compared to other contemporary direct search experiments. Plans for an order of magnitude larger detector will be outlined.

Primary authors

Dr Karen Gibson (Case Western Reserve University (US)) Prof. Mani Tripathi (University of California Davis (US))

Presentation materials