Darren Grant (University of Alberta)
For rare event searches, the control of inherent backgrounds is essential. Radon remains one of the most prevalent and crucial of these backgrounds for both operating and planned experiments. In this talk I will discuss some of the on-going efforts to monitor and mitigate the impact of radon looking towards a next generation of detectors.
Mr. Andrew Scarff (University of Sheffield)
Radon is a big source of background for many experiments in particle physics, such as searches for dark matter. The facility at Sheffield has undergone recent improvements to the radon screening sensitivity. This will be discussed along with some recent work with Durridge to improve the background from the RAD7 radon detector used in the screening system.
Dr. Paul Scovell (University of Oxford)
When constructed, the LZ experiment will represent the most sensitive dark matter detector to date. In order to reach this sensitivity, the selection of materials used in construction is of paramount importance. The LZ collaboration has developed a wide ranging suite of materials screening instruments in both the US and the UK to characterise the intrinsic radioactivity of all components that...
Mr. ELIAS LOPEZ ASAMAR (Durham University)
The purpose of the Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (SuperCDMS) experiment is to detect germanium nuclei recoiling after interacting with weakly-interacting massive particles from the galactic halo. It consists of a 9.2 kg germanium target arranged in fifteen single-crystal detectors, and it has been operating at Soudan Underground Laboratory between March 2012 and December 2015. Given the...
Mr. Cenk Turkoglu (TU Wien)
Many astronomical observations proved that around 27 % of our universe is made up of dark matter. However, the exact nature of it has not been exactly understood. CRESST is one of several experiments dedicated to find dark matter particles through direct detection. CRESST-II detector modules based on scintillating CaWO4 crystals and operated at mK temperatures have the ability to detect light...
Dr. Silvia Scorza (KIT)
The EDELWEISS collaboration has operated an array of 24 germanium detectors, with the objective of performing a low WIMP mass search with a total exposure close to 3000 kgd. The experiment is located in the Laboratoire Souterrain de Modane (LSM) and protected by an overburden of rock of 1800m (4800 mwe) that reduces the cosmic ray flux down to 5 μ/m2/d. The energy resolutions achieved with...
Dr. Douglas Leonard (IBS Center for Underground Physics)
The IBS Center for Underground Physics in Daejeon, Korea supports a number of low-background rare-event physics experiments including the KIMS-Nai and LZ dark matter searches, the AMoRE double beta decay search, and the NEOS short-baseline reactor-neutrino oscillation experiment. As with all such experiments, reduction of background rates from long-lived radioactive decays and cosmogenic...
Dr. Vitaly Kudryavtsev (University of Sheffield)
Mr. Frederic Mouton (University of Sheffield)