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

Status and Prospects for SuperCDMS

7 Jul 2012, 10:30
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 - Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology -TR11


Dr Lauren Hsu (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (US))


Direct searches for dark matter are one of the most promising ways to discover new particles and fields. For over a decade, the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search has been a leader in searches for dark matter. CDMS has pioneered the use of athermal phonon and ionization sensors to achieve world-leading sensitivity to a theoretically-favored dark matter candidate, the Weakly Interacting Massive Particle. This endeavor is far from complete, however. The next generation of the experiment, SuperCDMS, will take place in two phases. The first phase of the experiment, SuperCDMS Soudan, is now in operation in Northern Minnesota. The dark matter detector consists of a 9-kg array of Ge crystals. The second phase, SuperCDMS SNOLAB, is under active development. This phase will consist of ~200 kg of Ge crystals and will be deployed in SNOLAB, the deepest underground laboratory in the Western Hemisphere. This is a busy and exciting time as we work to turn these plans into reality. I will describe the SuperCDMS projects and report on their present status.

Primary authors

Collaboration SCDMS (SuperCDMS) Dr Lauren Hsu (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (US))

Presentation materials