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

Background survey for the CYGNUS dark matter detector

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Master Cutlers Hall

Master Cutlers Hall

Sheffield, UK


Mr. Frederic Mouton (University of Sheffield)


There is ample evidence from astronomical and cosmological data for the existence of dark matter. The exploration of its nature is pursued by a whole range of experiments, including cosmological surveys, particle colliders, direct and indirect detection experiments. Direct detection experiments have stringent background requirements due to the presence of environmental radioactivity and cosmic background in the same energy region as nuclear recoils from dark matter particles. Nonetheless, the discovery of minority-carriers and the first background-free limit from the DRIFT detector has shown that direct dark matter experiments are now limited by their size, not their background. We present the results of a background survey for the future CYGNUS detector. Background simulations for different materials and environmental conditions are used to place restrictions on the prototype design.

Primary author

Mr. Frederic Mouton (University of Sheffield)

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