Direct search for dark matter with two-phase xenon detectors: Current status of LUX and plans for LZ

D. S. Akerib, H. M. Araújo, X. Bai, A. J. Bailey, J. Balajthy, E. Bernard, A. Bernstein, A. Bradley, D. Byram, S. B. Cahn, M. C. Carmona-Benitez, C. Chan, J. J. Chapman, A. A. Chiller, C. Chiller, T. Coffey, A. Currie, L. De Viveiros, A. Dobi, J. DobsonE. Druszkiewicz, B. Edwards, C. H. Faham, S. Fiorucci, C. Flores, R. J. Gaitskell, V. M. Gehman, C. Ghag, K. R. Gibson, M. G.D. Gilchriese, C. Hall, S. A. Hertel, M. Horn, D. Q. Huang, M. Ihm, R. G. Jacobsen, K. Kazkaz, R. Knoche, N. A. Larsen, C. Lee, B. Lenardo, K. T. Lesko, A. Lindote, M. I. Lopes, D. C. Malling, R. Man-Nino, D. N. McKinsey, D. M. Mei, J. Mock, M. Moongweluwan, J. Morad, A. St J. Murphy, C. Nehrkorn, H. Nelson, F. Neves, R. A. Ott, M. Pangilinan, P. D. Parker, E. K. Pease, K. Pech, P. Phelps, L. Reichhart, T. Shutt, C. Silva, V. N. Solovov, P. Sorensen, K. O'Sullivan, T. J. Sumner, M. Szydagis, D. Tay-Lor, B. Tennyson, D. R. Tiedt, M. Tripathi, S. Uvarov, J. R. Verbus, N. Walsh, R. Webb, J. T. White, M. S. Witherell, F. L.H. Wolfs, M. Woods, C. Zhang

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Abstract

The search for dark matter reaches back generations and remains one of the most compelling endeavors in the hunt for physics beyond the Standard Model. Experiments attempting to directly detect WIMP dark matter have made re-markable progress in increasing sensitivity to elastic scattering of WIMPs on nuclei. The LUX experiment is a 370-kg, two-phase, xenon TPC currently running at SURF, 4850 feet below Lead, SD. LUX recently completed its first science run and was sensitive to spin independent WIMP scattering at cross sections below 10-45 cm2 for WIMP masses of approximately 20 to 80 GeV. Preparations for the final science run of LUX are currently underway, with final results expected in 2015. We will present results from and current status of the LUX experiment, as well as plans for a follow-on, multi-ton-scale xenon experiment at SURF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVulcano Workshop
Subtitle of host publicationFrontier Objects in Astrophysics and Particle Physics 2014
EditorsGian Carlo Trinchero, Roberto Fusco-Femiano, Giampaolo Mannocchi, Aldo Morselli
PublisherIstituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
Pages51-58
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9788886409636
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event15th Vulcano Workshop: Frontier Objects in Astrophysics and Particle Physics 2014 - Vulcano Island, Sicily, Italy
Duration: May 18 2014May 24 2014

Publication series

NameFrascati Physics Series
Volume58
ISSN (Print)1122-5157

Other

Other15th Vulcano Workshop: Frontier Objects in Astrophysics and Particle Physics 2014
CountryItaly
CityVulcano Island, Sicily
Period5/18/145/24/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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    Akerib, D. S., Araújo, H. M., Bai, X., Bailey, A. J., Balajthy, J., Bernard, E., Bernstein, A., Bradley, A., Byram, D., Cahn, S. B., Carmona-Benitez, M. C., Chan, C., Chapman, J. J., Chiller, A. A., Chiller, C., Coffey, T., Currie, A., De Viveiros, L., Dobi, A., ... Zhang, C. (2014). Direct search for dark matter with two-phase xenon detectors: Current status of LUX and plans for LZ. In G. C. Trinchero, R. Fusco-Femiano, G. Mannocchi, & A. Morselli (Eds.), Vulcano Workshop: Frontier Objects in Astrophysics and Particle Physics 2014 (pp. 51-58). (Frascati Physics Series; Vol. 58). Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare.