10-16 June 2018
Dalhousie University
America/Halifax timezone
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Detection of proton recoils with the PICO-0.1 test bubble chamber (G)*

13 Jun 2018, 12:00
Dunn 101 (cap.82) (Dalhousie University)

Dunn 101 (cap.82)

Dalhousie University

Oral Competition (Graduate Student) / Compétition orale (Étudiant(e) du 2e ou 3e cycle) Particle Physics / Physique des particules (PPD) W2-3 Particle Physics VII (PPD) | Physique des particules VII (PPD)


Frédéric Tardif (Université de Montréal)


PICO is a bubble chamber experiment for the direct detection of dark matter, and currently holds the world-leading limits in the spin-dependant WIMP (dark matter particle candidate) interaction sector. In order to search for low mass WIMPs (~ GeV scale), scattering on light target nuclei - especially protons - would substantially improve the sensitivity reach of PICO.

In this talk I will present work done with the PICO-0.1 calibration chamber for the detection of proton recoils in this type of detector. First, using C2ClF5 as the active fluid, the reaction ^{35}Cl (n_th, p) ^{35}S was studied by detecting the 600 keV protons via their acoustic signature. In a follow-up experiment using superheated C2H2F4, we could observe for the first time the elastic scattering of low energy 22 keV neutrons and protons. Finally, I shall discuss the sensitiviy reach of the PICO-40L detector filled with hydrogenated target fluids.

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Frédéric Tardif (Université de Montréal)

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