4-8 August 2015
America/Detroit timezone

Status of the MiniCLEAN Experiment

7 Aug 2015, 16:00
18m
Michigan (Michigan League)

Michigan

Michigan League

Cosmology and Dark Matter Experiment AstroParticle, Cosmology, Dark Matter Searches, and CMB

Speaker

Tom Caldwell (University of Pennsylvania)

Description

Single-phase liquid argon detectors offer a technically simple approach towards a very massive detector for the direct detection of dark matter with potential to extend sensitivity into the “background floor” imposed by the coherent scattering of extraterrestrial neutrinos. MiniCLEAN, with a target mass of 500 kg, serves as a prototype to demonstrate this approach. Event energy and position are reconstructed in three dimensions and a powerful means of pulse-shape discrimination separates nuclear recoil events from electromagnetic background. The MiniCLEAN experiment is now being commissioned at the 6800 foot level in SNOLAB’s Cube Hall. We will provide a status report and plans for the MiniCLEAN experiment.
Oral or Poster Presentation Oral

Primary author

Tom Caldwell (University of Pennsylvania)

Presentation Materials