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

Identification of galactic Dark Matter with directional detection

Jul 29, 2010, 9:40 AM
Amphithéatre Dumontet (Montpellier 2 University)

Amphithéatre Dumontet

Montpellier 2 University

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


Mr Julien Billard (LPSC Grenoble)


Directional detection of galactic Dark Matter is a promising search strategy for discriminating genuine WIMP events from background ones. Indeed, due to the Earth rotation around the Galactic center through the dark matter halo, the WIMP-induced recoil distribution should be pointing toward the Cygnus Constellation. I will present a comprehensive statistical method allowing to recover from a realistic simulated recoil map (containing both signal and background events), the main incoming direction of the WIMP signal, thus proving its galactic origin. Hence, the goal of this new statistical method is not to reject the background hypothesis, but rather to identify a genuine WIMP signal even in the case of a large signal to noise ratio.

Primary author

Mr Julien Billard (LPSC Grenoble)


Prof. Daniel Santos (LPSC Grenoble) Dr Frederic Mayet (LPSC Grenoble)

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