Sep 12 – 16, 2016
Europe/Zurich timezone
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DARWIN: Towards the Ultimate Dark Matter Detector

Sep 16, 2016, 3:30 PM
13/2-005 (CERN)



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Dr Alexander Kish (University of Zurich)


In this talk I will present the concept of the DARWIN detector, discuss its physics reach in various channels, the main sources of backgrounds, as well as the ongoing detector design and R&D efforts.


DARk matter WImp search with liquid xenoN (DARWIN) will be a multi-ton, dual-phase time-projection chamber with a low-energy threshold and ultra-low background level for direct dark matter detection and neutrino physics.

Its primary goal is to explore the entire experimentally accessible parameter space for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) in a wide mass-range from 5 GeV to 100 TeV.

In addition, it will be sensitive to other rare events, and will allow searches for solar axions and galactic axion-like particles, for the neutrinoless double-beta decay of Xe-136, and for coherent neutrino-nucleus interactions. It will be able to measure the low-energy solar neutrino flux through elastic scattering off electrons with <1% precision, thus constraining solar models.

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Dr Alexander Kish (University of Zurich)

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