2-7 June 2019
Simon Fraser University
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85 - Modelling emission of acoustic energy during bubble expansion in PICO bubble chambers

Jun 4, 2019, 5:37 PM
SWH 9082 + AQ South-East Corner / coin sud-est (Simon Fraser University)

SWH 9082 + AQ South-East Corner / coin sud-est

Simon Fraser University

Poster Competition (Undergraduate Student) / Compétition affiches (Étudiant(e) du 1er cycle) Particle Physics / Physique des particules (PPD) PPD Poster Session & Student Poster Competition Finals (26) | Session d'affiches PPD et finales du concours d'affiches étudiantes (26)


Tetiana Kozynets


The PICO experiment uses bubble chambers filled with superheated C$_3$F$_8$ for spin-dependent WIMP dark matter searches. One of the main sources of background in these detectors is alpha particles from decays of environmental $^{222}\mathrm{Rn}$, which nucleate bubbles that are visually indistinguishable from WIMP candidate events. It was previously determined that alpha-induced bubbles can be discriminated against acoustically, based on the signal from alpha events being consistently larger in magnitude than from nuclear recoil/WIMP-like events. By studying the dynamics of bubbles nucleated by these two types of ionizing radiation from the first stages of their growth, we develop a physical model for the acoustic discrimination for the first time. This model is verified by comparing the simulated and the experimental distributions of acoustic energies radiated during bubble expansion.

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Tetiana Kozynets


Dr Scott Fallows (University of Alberta) Prof. Carsten Krauss (University of Alberta)

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