July 29, 2015 to August 6, 2015
World Forum
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

The DAMIC dark matter experiment

Jul 30, 2015, 2:45 PM
Yangtze 2 (World Forum)

Yangtze 2

World Forum

Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
Oral contribution DM-EX Parallel DM 01


Joao de Mello Neto (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)


The DAMIC (Dark Matter in CCDs) experiment uses  high resistivity scientific grade CCDs  to search for dark matter.  The CCD's low electronic noise allows an unprecedently low energy threshold of few tens of eV that makes it possible to detect silicon recoils resulting from interactions of low mass WIMPs. In addition the CCD's high spatial resolution and the excellent energy response results in very effective background identification techniques. The experiment has a unique sensitivity to dark matter particles with masses below 10 GeV. Previous results have demonstrated the potential of this technology, motivating the construction of DAMIC100, a 100 grams silicon target detector currently being installed at SNOLAB. In this presentation, the mode of operation and unique imaging capabilities of the CCDs, and how they may be exploited to characterize and suppress backgrounds will be discussed, as well as the expected physics results after one year of data taking.
Collaboration -- not specified --
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 668

Primary author

Joao de Mello Neto (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

Presentation materials