13-19 June 2015
University of Alberta
America/Edmonton timezone
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Simulation study of the use of internal Ar-39 beta decays for energy calibration of the DEAP-3600 detector.

17 Jun 2015, 19:02
CCIS Ground Floor PCL lounge (University of Alberta)

CCIS Ground Floor PCL lounge

University of Alberta

Poster (Non-Student) / affiche (non-étudiant) Particle Physics / Physique des particules (PPD) PPD Poster Session with beer / Session d'affiches, avec bière PPD


Chris Jillings (SNOLAB)


The DEAP-3600 detector uses natural liquid argon as target material for WIMP interactions. Natural argon contains the beta emitter Ar-39, which will create about 3600 beta events per second, uniformly distributed across the active detector volume. By fitting the shape of the beta spectrum from these events as a function of event position, a position-dependent energy calibration of the whole detector can be found on a timescale of about 10 minutes. This calibration method, using intrinsic internal radioactivity, provides a fast initial calibration for preliminary analyses, and will be used regularly to monitor detector performance. We present the fitting method used to obtain the position dependent energy calibration parameters, as well as the systematic and statistical limits inherent to this method, using Monte Carlo detector simulation results.

Primary author

Mr Connor Stone (Laurentian University/University of Waterloo)


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