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

GEANT4 Simulations of Neutron-Argon Interactions

Jul 30, 2010, 9:55 AM
Amphithéatre Dumontet (Montpellier 2 University)

Amphithéatre Dumontet

Montpellier 2 University

Place Eugene Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 5 FRANCE


Dr Kimberly Palladino (MIT)


MiniCLEAN is a direct dark matter detection experiment currently under construction at SNOLab. It will utilize ~500 kg of liquid cryogen with a fiducial volume over 150 kg. This is interchangeable between argon and neon, as they provide different responses to signal and background. Nuclear recoils caused by neutron scattering are a background to dark matter events and are extensively simulated. The physics processes and cross-sections for neutron-Argon interactions implemented in GEANT4 are investigated and corrected to accepted values as necessary. Plans for additional measurements of neutron-Argon cross-sections will be outlined.

Primary author

Dr Kimberly Palladino (MIT)

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