Apr 7 – 10, 2019
Imperial College London
Europe/London timezone

Extending dark matter searches in liquid xenon to single scintillation photons

Apr 9, 2019, 11:00 AM
Clore Lecture Theatre, Huxley 213 (Imperial College London)

Clore Lecture Theatre, Huxley 213

Imperial College London

Imperial College London Prince Consort Road South Kensington London


Nellie Marangou (Imperial College London)


Dark matter experiments searching for weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) probe a variety of rare processes leading to O(keV) energy transfers to ordinary matter. Two-phase xenon detectors record two different signals per interaction: a prompt scintillation response (S1) and a delayed signal from ionisation (S2), with the energy threshold of standard analyses (S1+S2) largely determined by the S1 signal. We present a novel WIMP search analysis of LUX data from 2013, using a class of events with an S1 consisting of a single detected scintillation photon. This exploits a feature in the response of photomultiplier tubes to vacuum ultraviolet light which brings additional sensitivity for light WIMP interactions. We present also a projected WIMP sensitivity for the forthcoming LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment, with a lower S1 threshold achieved through the same analysis technique.

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