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

LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) - 3 tonne and 20 tonne LXe dark matter direct detection experiments

Jul 26, 2010, 2:40 PM
Amphithéatre Dumontet (Montpellier 2 University)

Amphithéatre Dumontet

Montpellier 2 University

Place Eugene Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 5 FRANCE
Talk Dark Matter Direct Searches Parallel session : Direct Searches 1


Peter Sorensen (LLNL)


It will be possible to push dark matter direct detection sensitivity to a WIMP-nucleon cross-section 10^-48 cm^2 (equivalent to 1 event/10 tonne/year) using a liquid xenon TPCs of up to 20 tonnes, surrounded by a combination of liquid scintillator and water shielding. I will report on the design studies and hardware tests, from the new LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) collaboration, that have been conducted for 3 tonne and 20 tonne detectors. I will also discuss the potential radioactive, cosmogenic and astrophysical backgrounds for large target experiments. The detectors would be deployed in Sanford Lab-DUSEL at Homestake Mine, starting in 2012.

Primary author

Prof. Richard Gaitskell (Brown University)

Presentation materials