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

An Effective Field Theory Search for Dark Matter with the Large Underground Xenon Experiment

21 Jul 2016, 17:30
Venue: Cutlers' Main Hall (First Floor); Chair: Aldo Ianni; Session Manager: David Woodward ()

Venue: Cutlers' Main Hall (First Floor); Chair: Aldo Ianni; Session Manager: David Woodward


Dr. Nicole Larsen (University of Chicago/KICP)


The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter search is a 350-kg (250-kg active) mass dual-phase xenon-based time projection chamber that operates by detecting light and ionization signals from particles incident upon a xenon target. With its 2013 report of the world’s first sub-zeptobarn spin-independent WIMP-nucleon cross section limit, LUX emerged as a frontrunner in the field of dark matter direct detection. In December 2015, LUX released an updated analysis of its 2013 dataset leading to an overall 23% increase in sensitivity for high-mass WIMPs and even more significant improvement for low-mass WIMPs. However, tension between experiments and the absence of a definitive positive detection suggest it would be prudent to search for WIMPs outside the standard spin-independent/spin-dependent analyses. Recent effective field theory work has identified a complete set of 14 possible independent WIMP-nucleon interaction operators restricted only by basic symmetries. These operators produce not only spin-independent and spin-dependent nuclear responses but also novel nuclear responses such as angular-momentum-dependent and spin-orbit couplings. Here we report on the extension of the LUX analysis to search for all 14 of these interactions, comment on the possible suppression of event rates due to operator interference, and show that under this new framework, LUX again exhibits world-leading sensitivity.

Primary author

Dr. Nicole Larsen (University of Chicago/KICP)

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