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

The LUX dark matter search

21 Jul 2016, 09:30
30m
Venue: Cutlers' Main Hall (First Floor); Chair: Pierluigi Belli; Session Managers: Jost Migenda & Frederic Mouton ()

Venue: Cutlers' Main Hall (First Floor); Chair: Pierluigi Belli; Session Managers: Jost Migenda & Frederic Mouton

Speaker

Dr. Aaron Manalaysay (University of California Davis)

Description

The LUX experiment searches for direct evidence of galactic dark matter. Located roughly 1.5 km underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota (USA), the heart of the experiment is a 250 kg active liquid-xenon target, instrumented as a dual-phase (liquid/gas) time projection chamber capable of 3-D position reconstruction and nuclear recoil discrimination. The initial science results using 95 live-days exposure reached a record-setting sensitivity to Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), excluding WIMP-nucleon couplings greater than 5.6e-46 cm^2 for WIMPs of mass 33 GeV. Following this result, LUX has performed detailed calibrations and has recently completed accumulating a new exposure in excess of 300 live days. I discuss implications of the LUX results and present the current status of this search.

Primary author

Dr. Aaron Manalaysay (University of California Davis)

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