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.