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Search for low-mass WIMPs in a 0.6 kg day exposure of the DAMIC experiment at SNOLAB


DAMIC Collaboration; et al; Aguilar-Arevalo, A (2016). Search for low-mass WIMPs in a 0.6 kg day exposure of the DAMIC experiment at SNOLAB. Physical review. D, 94(8):082006.

Abstract

We present results of a dark matter search performed with a 0.6 kg d exposure of the DAMIC experiment at the SNOLAB underground laboratory. We measure the energy spectrum of ionization events in the bulk silicon of charge-coupled devices down to a signal of 60 eV electron equivalent. The data are consistent with radiogenic backgrounds, and constraints on the spin-independent WIMP-nucleon elastic-scattering cross section are accordingly placed. A region of parameter space relevant to the potential signal from the CDMS-II Si experiment is excluded using the same target for the first time. This result obtained with a limited exposure demonstrates the potential to explore the low-mass WIMP region (<10  GeV c-2) with the upcoming DAMIC100, a 100 g detector currently being installed in SNOLAB.

Abstract

We present results of a dark matter search performed with a 0.6 kg d exposure of the DAMIC experiment at the SNOLAB underground laboratory. We measure the energy spectrum of ionization events in the bulk silicon of charge-coupled devices down to a signal of 60 eV electron equivalent. The data are consistent with radiogenic backgrounds, and constraints on the spin-independent WIMP-nucleon elastic-scattering cross section are accordingly placed. A region of parameter space relevant to the potential signal from the CDMS-II Si experiment is excluded using the same target for the first time. This result obtained with a limited exposure demonstrates the potential to explore the low-mass WIMP region (<10  GeV c-2) with the upcoming DAMIC100, a 100 g detector currently being installed in SNOLAB.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:03 Jan 2017 08:41
Last Modified:02 Feb 2018 11:11
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:2470-0010
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.94.082006

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