Milliqan - A New Experiment for Milli-charged particles at the LHC

5 Jun 2018, 16:00
1h 30m
Library, Centro San Domenico

Library, Centro San Domenico

LHC experiments Posters session


Andy Haas (NYU)


We show plans and status of a proposed search for milli-charged particles produced at the LHC. The experiment, milliQan, is expected to obtain sensitivity to charges of between 0.1e and 0.001e for masses in 0.1 - 100 GeV range. The detector is composed of 3 layers of 80 cm long plastic scintillator arrays read out by PMTs sensitive to single photo-electrons. It would be installed in an existing tunnel 33 m from the CMS interaction point at the LHC, with 17 m of rock shielding to suppress beam backgrounds. In the fall of 2017 a 1% scale “demonstrator” of the proposed detector was installed at the planned site in order to study the feasibility of the experiment, focusing on understanding various background sources such as radioactivity of materials, PMT dark current, cosmic rays, and beam induced backgrounds. I will discuss the general concept of the experiment, the results from the demonstrator, and the plan for the future.

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