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

The MiniCLEAN Direct Dark Matter Search

Jul 27, 2010, 4:30 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 3


Daniel McKinsey (Yale University)


This talk reviews the MiniCLEAN dark matter detector's technology and status, where CLEAN stands for Cryogenic Low Energy Astrophysics with Noble gases. MiniCLEAN uses single phase argon or neon as detection medium and relies on pulse-shape discrimination to remove electronic recoil backgrounds. The anticipated sensitivity of the 150 kg of argon in its fiducial volume to the spin-independent WIMP-nuclear scattering cross-section is 10^-45cm^2. MiniCLEAN is currently under construction and will be deployed underground at SNOLAB. It is part of the larger DEAP/CLEAN effort that ultimately proposes to construct a 50 ton scale detector that will also measure the solar pp neutrino flux.

Primary author

Reyco Henning (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)


Daniel McKinsey (Yale University)

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