15-20 June 2014
Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne
America/Toronto timezone
Welcome to the 2014 CAP Congress! / Bienvenue au congrès de l'ACP 2014!

Development of a low dead time dark matter detector using a superheated liquid

19 Jun 2014, 10:30
C-112 (Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne)


Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

Sudbury, Ontario
Oral (Student, In Competition) / Orale (Étudiant(e), inscrit à la compétition) Particle Physics / Physique des particules (PPD) (R1-9) Future of Cosmic Frontier: Dark Matter II - PPD-DNP-DTP / Avenir de la frontière cosmique: matière sombre II - PPD-DPN-DPT


Mr Pitam Mitra (University of Alberta)


The PICO dark matter search is an experiment which is based on superheated perfluorocarbons such as C4F10, C3F8 and CF3I. The PICO detectors are are used for spin-dependant dark matter searches using C4F10 and C3F8 and spin-independent dark matter searches using CF3I in the mass range from 10-10,000 GeV. A prototype of a low dead time particle detector, using a condensation chamber or "geyser" has been constructed and operated. The geyser technology is a variant of the bubble chamber using superheated liquid with a very simple design and no moving parts. The design of geyser chambers, experience with the operation, and the results of the data taken with the prototype will be presented. The data analysis focuses on the acoustic discrimination of alpha or background events from neutron events in the geyser.

Primary author

Mr Pitam Mitra (University of Alberta)

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