10-16 June 2018
Dalhousie University
America/Halifax timezone
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Status of PICO-40L

14 Jun 2018, 14:00
SUB 224 (cap. 50) (Dalhousie University)

SUB 224 (cap. 50)

Dalhousie University

Oral (Non-Student) / Orale (non-étudiant(e)) Particle Physics / Physique des particules (PPD) R3-3 Particle Physics X (PPD) | Physique des particules X (PPD)


Dr Tristan Sullivan (Queen's University)


The PICO collaboration aims at direct detection of dark matter using superheated liquid detectors, or bubble chambers. Several generations of PICO detector have operated at SNOLAB, setting world-leading limits on the WIMP-proton spin-dependent coupling. PICO-40L is the next iteration of the PICO detector, and has been substantially redesigned since its predecessor, PICO-60. The main improvements are expected to be operational stability and background control. The construction of PICO-40L at SNOLAB is well underway, with data-taking expected to begin in the summer of 2018.

In addition to the further exploration of WIMP-coupling parameter space, the purpose of PICO-40L is to demonstrate the new design’s feasibility for the next-generation ton-scale detector, PICO-500. The status of the PICO-40L detector commissioning, schedule for data-taking, and projected sensitivity to WIMP interactions will be presented.

Primary author

Dr Tristan Sullivan (Queen's University)

Presentation Materials