17-22 July 2016
Master Cutlers Hall
Europe/London timezone

Stretching the WIMP paradigm: Direct detection techniques for light-weight WIMPs.

18 Jul 2016, 09:40
30m
Venue: Cutlers' Main Hall (First Floor); Chair: Jules Gascon; Session Managers: Andrew Scarff & Anthony Ezeribe ()

Venue: Cutlers' Main Hall (First Floor); Chair: Jules Gascon; Session Managers: Andrew Scarff & Anthony Ezeribe

Speaker

Prof. Priscilla Cushman (University of Minnesota)

Description

A review of the current technologies for reducing the energy threshold of direct detection dark matter experiments, with special emphasis on solid state detectors. The goal of this field over the next decade is to reach the neutrino floor in all mass ranges, but doing so for masses less than a GeV/c2 is not only hard, but also stretches the definition of the WIMP candidate. Both established experiments and dedicated low-mass searches are discovering new methods for discriminating and reducing backgrounds. This effort, coupled with lower energy thresholds, are making inroads in this difficult region.

Primary author

Prof. Priscilla Cushman (University of Minnesota)

Presentation Materials

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