July 29, 2019 to August 2, 2019
Northeastern University
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Neutron and γ Backgrounds in the LUX-ZEPLIN Dark Matter Detector

Jul 30, 2019, 4:34 PM
West Village G 102 (Northeastern University)

West Village G 102

Northeastern University

Oral Presentation Dark Matter Dark Matter


Gregory Rischbieter


The LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) Dark Matter Collaboration aims to identify the elusive dark matter particle that appears to make up one quarter of the energy density of our universe. LZ is optimized to detect dark matter that produce nuclear recoils using a multi-tonne liquid xenon target, making it critical that all nuclear recoil background events are identified and understood. We present here simulated results of neutron interactions in LZ's outer detector, which was designed for identifying neutrons that may deposit energy in the LZ target volume. In addition, we report on the $\gamma$-X phenomenon where multiple-scattering $\gamma$ photons can appear as a single nuclear recoil event along with methods for constraining the number of $\gamma$-X events observed after LZ's first data is collected.

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Gregory Rischbieter

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