11-15 February 2013
Vienna University of Technology
Europe/Vienna timezone

LUX: A dual phase Xe TPC for direct dark matter detection

15 Feb 2013, 12:10
EI7 (Vienna University of Technology)


Vienna University of Technology

Talk Plenary 4


Dr Richard Ott (UC Davis)


Direct detection of WIMP dark matter (DM) requires highly sensitive, ultra-low background detectors, which maximize the target mass. The two-phase Time Projection Chamber (TPC) technique, employed by the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) detector, takes advantage of the anti-correlated scintillation and ionization properties of liquid Xe to achieve a projected sensitivity of DM-nucleon cross section $< 2\times10^-46 \mathrm{cm}^2$ (for 60 GeV WIMPs). In order to realize this, it employs a large water shield, careful radio-screening of materials, and extensive Xe purification, thereby lowering background. Results from surface operation of the LUX detector and preliminary results from underground commissioning will be presented. Critical figures of merit, such as electron drift lifetime, light collection efficiency, and discrimination power, will be discussed.
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Primary author

Dr Richard Ott (UC Davis)

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