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Search for Electronic Recoil Event Rate Modulation with 4 Years of XENON100 Data


XENON Collaboration; Baudis, Laura; Brown, Adam; Capelli, Chiara; Galloway, Michelle; Kazama, Shingo; Kish, Alexander; Piastra, Francesco; Reichard, Shayne; Wulf, Julien; et al (2017). Search for Electronic Recoil Event Rate Modulation with 4 Years of XENON100 Data. Physical Review Letters, 118(10):101101.

Abstract

We report on a search for electronic recoil event rate modulation signatures in the XENON100 data accumulated over a period of 4 yr, from January 2010 to January 2014. A profile likelihood method, which incorporates the stability of the XENON100 detector and the known electronic recoil background model, is used to quantify the significance of periodicity in the time distribution of events. There is a weak modulation signature at a period of $431^{+16}_{−14}$ day in the low energy region of (2.0–5.8) keV in the single scatter event sample, with a global significance of 1.9$\sigma$; however, no other more significant modulation is observed. The significance of an annual modulation signature drops from 2.8$\sigma$, from a previous analysis of a subset of this data, to 1.8$\sigma$ with all data combined. Single scatter events in the low energy region are thus used to exclude the DAMA/LIBRA annual modulation as being due to dark matter electron interactions via axial vector coupling at 5.7$\sigma$.

Abstract

We report on a search for electronic recoil event rate modulation signatures in the XENON100 data accumulated over a period of 4 yr, from January 2010 to January 2014. A profile likelihood method, which incorporates the stability of the XENON100 detector and the known electronic recoil background model, is used to quantify the significance of periodicity in the time distribution of events. There is a weak modulation signature at a period of $431^{+16}_{−14}$ day in the low energy region of (2.0–5.8) keV in the single scatter event sample, with a global significance of 1.9$\sigma$; however, no other more significant modulation is observed. The significance of an annual modulation signature drops from 2.8$\sigma$, from a previous analysis of a subset of this data, to 1.8$\sigma$ with all data combined. Single scatter events in the low energy region are thus used to exclude the DAMA/LIBRA annual modulation as being due to dark matter electron interactions via axial vector coupling at 5.7$\sigma$.

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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:2017
Deposited On:12 Feb 2018 15:42
Last Modified:31 Jul 2018 04:47
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:0031-9007
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.101101

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