Jul 26 – 30, 2010
Montpellier 2 University
Europe/Paris timezone

Calibration of noble liquid dark matter detectors

Jul 27, 2010, 4:10 PM
Amphithéatre Dumontet (Montpellier 2 University)

Amphithéatre Dumontet

Montpellier 2 University

Place Eugene Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 5 FRANCE


Prof. Daniel McKinsey (Yale University)


Knowledge of the energy scales for nuclear recoil-induced signals is crucial for determining the sensitivity of any WIMP detector. I will present a number of experiments recently performed at Yale University to measure the nuclear recoil scintillation and ionization yields in liquid xenon, as well as the nuclear recoil scintillation yields in liquid argon and liquid neon. I will also describe recent successful development work on the doping of metastable krypton atoms into all three of these liquids, so as to calibrate the electronic recoil energy scale as a function of position.

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Prof. Daniel McKinsey (Yale University)

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