2-7 June 2019
Simon Fraser University
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Determination of the Physics Reach of the PICO-40L and PICO-500 Bubble Chamber Dark Matter Detectors

5 Jun 2019, 14:15
HC 126 (Simon Fraser University)

HC 126

Simon Fraser University

Oral Competition (Graduate Student) / Compétition orale (Étudiant(e) du 2e ou 3e cycle) Particle Physics / Physique des particules (PPD) W2-5 Dark matter searches (PPD) | Recherche de matière sombre (PPD)


Mr Clarke Hardy (Queen's University)


The PICO experiment aims to detect nuclear recoils caused by interactions with WIMP dark matter using bubble chambers with superheated $\textrm{C}_{3}\textrm{F}_{8}$. PICO-40L is a detector with a 40-litre active volume currently being installed at SNOLAB, while PICO-500 is a ton-scale detector in the design phase. This talk discusses the physics reach of both detectors, including the discovery limit in the context of known backgrounds, the detection floor imposed by coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering, and the potential sensitivity to annual modulations in a dark matter signal.

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Mr Clarke Hardy (Queen's University)

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