Jul 22 – 27, 2018
US/Eastern timezone

Measurement of Background Gamma Flux in the Davis Cavern for the LZ Experiment

Jul 27, 2018, 5:10 PM
117 (MacMillian)



Brown University Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Poster Direct Detection 5.5 Direct Detection


Luke Korley


The LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment will search for dark matter particle interactions with a liquid xenon TPC in the Davis cavern at the Sanford Underground Research Facility, Lead, South Dakota, 4850 feet below the surface. The underground environment reduces the cosmic ray flux by a factor of $10^6$, but there remains a potential background from $\gamma$-rays emitted from the decays of $^{40}$K, $^{238}$U and $^{232}$Th naturally occurring in the rock surrounding the laboratory. In-situ $\gamma$-ray measurements were taken with a sodium iodide detector in several locations within the cavern, yielding average radioactivity levels. We will present the radioactivity levels determined with these measurements, along a first attempt at mapping non-uniformities in the $\gamma$-flux due to differences in rock composition.

Primary author


Prof. Bjoern Penning (Brandeis University)

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