July 29, 2019 to August 2, 2019
Northeastern University
US/Eastern timezone

Development and Testing of LZ’s High Voltage Grids

Jul 30, 2019, 2:15 PM
West Village G 108 (Northeastern University)

West Village G 108

Northeastern University

Oral Presentation Particle Detectors Particle Detectors


Mr Ryan Linehan (SLAC/Stanford)


To observe signals from low-energy nuclear recoils, including WIMP-xenon scatters, the LZ dark matter detector must maintain strong drift and extraction fields within its dual-phase xenon time projection chamber (TPC). This will be accomplished with a set of four high-voltage grids made of stainless steel wire mesh that are placed at various heights in the TPC. Reaching and holding the grids’ design voltages is a prerequisite to LZ’s main WIMP search. In addition, limiting spurious electron emission background from the grid wires enables probes of lower-mass dark matter via an ionization-only search. To achieve both of these goals, a grid production program has been set up in parallel with a high-voltage testing program at SLAC. This talk will present the LZ grid production process, outlining the design drivers and the technical challenges faced in building LZ-scale electrodes as well as insights gained from high-voltage testing of both small prototype grids and LZ’s full-scale grids.

Primary author

Mr Ryan Linehan (SLAC/Stanford)


LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) Collaboration

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