Search for Elastic Scattering of Dark Matter in the Laboratory with the LUX/LZ Detectors


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  • Speaker: Mani Tripathi (UC Davis)
  • Host Department: Physics
  • Date: 11/25/2013
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Location: 335 West Hall

  • Description:

    The LUX/LZ series of experiments planned at the Sanford Underground Research facility, located in Lead, SD will be at the frontline of direct detection of dark matter. The experiments utilize the two-phase xenon time projection chamber technique, which has proven to be very effective in such searches. I will describe the detectors and present the latest limits on spin-independent dark matter-nucleon elastic scattering cross section, which are derived form an 85-day run of LUX. I will also present advances in simulation techniques for studying the response of the xenon medium to various incident particles. Finally, I will outline the plans for the generation-2 LZ detector, which now has an advanced design.