Improved Limits on Scattering of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles from Reanalysis of 2013 LUX Data

LUX Collaboration

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Abstract

We present constraints on weakly interacting massive particles (WIMP)-nucleus scattering from the 2013 data of the Large Underground Xenon dark matter experiment, including 1.4×104 kg day of search exposure. This new analysis incorporates several advances: single-photon calibration at the scintillation wavelength, improved event-reconstruction algorithms, a revised background model including events originating on the detector walls in an enlarged fiducial volume, and new calibrations from decays of an injected tritium β source and from kinematically constrained nuclear recoils down to 1.1 keV. Sensitivity, especially to low-mass WIMPs, is enhanced compared to our previous results which modeled the signal only above a 3 keV minimum energy. Under standard dark matter halo assumptions and in the mass range above 4 GeV c-2, these new results give the most stringent direct limits on the spin-independent WIMP-nucleon cross section. The 90% C.L. upper limit has a minimum of 0.6 zb at 33 GeV c-2 WIMP mass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number161301
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume116
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 20 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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