DARWIN: towards the ultimate dark matter detector

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Title: DARWIN: towards the ultimate dark matter detector
Authors: Aalbers, J
Agostini, F
Alfonsi, M
Amaro, FD
Amsler, C
Aprile, E
Arazi, L
Arneodo, F
Barrow, P
Baudis, L
Benabderrahmane, ML
Silva, MC
Simgen, H
Sissol, P
Von Sivers, M
Thers, D
Thum, J
Tiseni, A
Trotta, R
Tunnell, CD
Valerius, K
Berger, T
Vargas, MA
Wang, H
Wei, Y
Weinheimer, C
Wester, T
Wulf, J
Zhang, Y
Zhu, T
Zuber, K
Beskers, B
Breskin, A
Breur, PA
Brown, A
Brown, E
Bruenner, S
Bruno, G
Budnik, R
Butikofer, L
Calven, J
Cardoso, JMR
Cichon, D
Coderre, D
Colijn, AP
Conrad, J
Cussonneau, JP
Decowski, MP
Diglio, S
Drexlin, G
Duchovni, E
Erdal, E
Eurin, G
Ferella, A
Fieguth, A
Fulgione, W
Rosso, AG
Di Gangi, P
Di Giovanni, A
Galloway, M
Garbini, M
Geis, C
Glueck, F
Grandi, L
Greene, Z
Grignon, C
Hasterok, C
Hannen, V
Hogenbirk, E
Howlett, J
Hilk, D
Hils, C
James, A
Kaminsky, B
Kazama, S
Kilminster, B
Kish, A
Krauss, LM
Landsman, H
Lang, RF
Lin, Q
Linde, FL
Lindemann, S
Lindner, M
Lopes, JAM
Undagoitia, TM
Masbou, J
Massoli, FV
Mayani, D
Messina, M
Micheneau, K
Molinario, A
Mora, KD
Morteau, E
Murra, M
Naganoma, J
Newstead, JL
Ni, K
Oberlack, U
Pakarha, P
Pelssers, B
De Perio, P
Persiani, R
Piastra, F
Piro, MC
Plante, G
Rauch, L
Reichard, S
Rizzo, A
Rupp, N
Dos Santos, JMF
Sartorelli, G
Scheibelhut, M
Schindler, S
Schumann, M
Schreiner, J
Lavina, LS
Selvi, M
Shagin, P
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: DARk matter WImp search with liquid xenoN (DARWIN) will be an experiment for the direct detection of dark matter using a multi-ton liquid xenon time projection chamber at its core. Its primary goal will be to explore the experimentally accessible parameter space for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) in a wide mass-range, until neutrino interactions with the target become an irreducible background. The prompt scintillation light and the charge signals induced by particle interactions in the xenon will be observed by VUV sensitive, ultra-low background photosensors. Besides its excellent sensitivity to WIMPs above a mass of 5 GeV/c2, such a detector with its large mass, low-energy threshold and ultra-low background level will also be sensitive to other rare interactions. It will search for solar axions, galactic axion-like particles and the neutrinoless double-beta decay of 136Xe, as well as measure the low-energy solar neutrino flux with < 1% precision, observe coherent neutrino-nucleus interactions, and detect galactic supernovae. We present the concept of the DARWIN detector and discuss its physics reach, the main sources of backgrounds and the ongoing detector design and R&D efforts.
Issue Date: 8-Nov-2016
Date of Acceptance: 18-Oct-2016
ISSN: 1475-7516
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Journal / Book Title: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Volume: 2016
Issue: 11
Copyright Statement: ©2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Sponsor/Funder: Imperial College Trust
European Commission
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Funder's Grant Number: PHAS_P50558
Keywords: Science & Technology
Physical Sciences
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Physics, Particles & Fields
dark matter detectors
neutrino detectors
double beta decay
solar and atmospheric neutrinos
0201 Astronomical And Space Sciences
0202 Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle And Plasma Physics
Nuclear & Particles Physics
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: 017
Appears in Collections:Physics
Faculty of Natural Sciences

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