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Title: Radon-related backgrounds in the LUX dark matter search

Abstract

The LUX detector is currently in operation at the Davis Campus at the 4850’ level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, SD to directly search for WIMP dark matter. Knowing the type and rate of backgrounds is critical in a rare, low energy event search, and LUX was designed, constructed, and deployed to mitigate backgrounds, both internal and external. An important internal background are decays of radon and its daughters. These consist of alpha decays, which are easily tagged and are a tracer of certain backgrounds, and beta decays, some of which are not as readily tagged and present a background for the WIMP search. We report on studies of alpha decay and discuss implications for the WIMP search.

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  1. Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH (United States)
  2. Imperial College London, London (United Kingdom)
  3. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD (United States)
  4. Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)
  5. Yale Univ., New Haven, CT (United States)
  6. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  7. Univ. of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (United States)
  8. Univ. of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA (United States)
  9. Brown Univ., Providence, RI (United States)
  10. Univ. of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
  11. Univ. of Edingburg, Edinburg (United Kingdom)
  12. Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY (United States)
  13. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  14. Univ. of California, Davis, Davis, CA (United States)
  15. Univ. College London, London (United Kingdom)
  16. Univ. of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  17. Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)
  18. South Dakota Science and Technology Authority, Lead, SD (United States)
  19. Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY (United States); Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1201671
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics Procedia
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 61; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1875-3892
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; dark matter; liquid noble detectors; xenon; radon; background characterization

Citation Formats

Bradley, A., Akerib, D. S., Araújo, H. M., Bai, X., Bailey, A. J., Balajthy, J., Bernard, E., Bernstein, A., Byram, D., Cahn, S. B., Carmona-Benitez, M. C., Chan, C., Chapman, J. J., Chiller, A. A., Chiller, C., Coffey, T., Currie, A., de Viveiros, L., Dobi, A., Dobson, J., Druszkiewicz, E., Edwards, B., Faham, C. H., Fiorucci, S., Flores, C., Gaitskell, R. J., Gehman, V. M., Ghag, C., Gibson, K. R., Gilchriese, M. G.D., Hall, C., Hertel, S. A., Horn, M., Huang, D. Q., Ihm, M., Jacobsen, R. G., Kazkaz, K., Knoche, R., Larsen, N. A., Lee, C., Lindote, A., Lopes, M. I., Malling, D. C., Mannino, R., McKinsey, D. N., Mei, D. -M., Mock, J., Moongweluwan, M., Morad, J., Murphy, A. St.J., Nehrkorn, C., Nelson, H., Neves, F., Ott, R. A., Pangilinan, M., Parker, P. D., Pease, E. K., Pech, K., Phelps, P., Reichhart, L., Shutt, T., Silva, C., Solovov, V. N., Sorensen, P., O'Sullivan, K., Sumner, T. J., Szydagis, M., Taylor, D., Tennyson, B., Tiedt, D. R., Tripathi, M., Uvarov, S., Verbus, J. R., Walsh, N., Webb, R., White, J. T., Witherell, M. S., Wolfs, F. L.H., Woods, M., and Zhang, C. Radon-related backgrounds in the LUX dark matter search. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1016/j.phpro.2014.12.067.
Bradley, A., Akerib, D. S., Araújo, H. M., Bai, X., Bailey, A. J., Balajthy, J., Bernard, E., Bernstein, A., Byram, D., Cahn, S. B., Carmona-Benitez, M. C., Chan, C., Chapman, J. J., Chiller, A. A., Chiller, C., Coffey, T., Currie, A., de Viveiros, L., Dobi, A., Dobson, J., Druszkiewicz, E., Edwards, B., Faham, C. H., Fiorucci, S., Flores, C., Gaitskell, R. J., Gehman, V. M., Ghag, C., Gibson, K. R., Gilchriese, M. G.D., Hall, C., Hertel, S. A., Horn, M., Huang, D. Q., Ihm, M., Jacobsen, R. G., Kazkaz, K., Knoche, R., Larsen, N. A., Lee, C., Lindote, A., Lopes, M. I., Malling, D. C., Mannino, R., McKinsey, D. N., Mei, D. -M., Mock, J., Moongweluwan, M., Morad, J., Murphy, A. St.J., Nehrkorn, C., Nelson, H., Neves, F., Ott, R. A., Pangilinan, M., Parker, P. D., Pease, E. K., Pech, K., Phelps, P., Reichhart, L., Shutt, T., Silva, C., Solovov, V. N., Sorensen, P., O'Sullivan, K., Sumner, T. J., Szydagis, M., Taylor, D., Tennyson, B., Tiedt, D. R., Tripathi, M., Uvarov, S., Verbus, J. R., Walsh, N., Webb, R., White, J. T., Witherell, M. S., Wolfs, F. L.H., Woods, M., & Zhang, C. Radon-related backgrounds in the LUX dark matter search. United States. doi:10.1016/j.phpro.2014.12.067.
Bradley, A., Akerib, D. S., Araújo, H. M., Bai, X., Bailey, A. J., Balajthy, J., Bernard, E., Bernstein, A., Byram, D., Cahn, S. B., Carmona-Benitez, M. C., Chan, C., Chapman, J. J., Chiller, A. A., Chiller, C., Coffey, T., Currie, A., de Viveiros, L., Dobi, A., Dobson, J., Druszkiewicz, E., Edwards, B., Faham, C. H., Fiorucci, S., Flores, C., Gaitskell, R. J., Gehman, V. M., Ghag, C., Gibson, K. R., Gilchriese, M. G.D., Hall, C., Hertel, S. A., Horn, M., Huang, D. Q., Ihm, M., Jacobsen, R. G., Kazkaz, K., Knoche, R., Larsen, N. A., Lee, C., Lindote, A., Lopes, M. I., Malling, D. C., Mannino, R., McKinsey, D. N., Mei, D. -M., Mock, J., Moongweluwan, M., Morad, J., Murphy, A. St.J., Nehrkorn, C., Nelson, H., Neves, F., Ott, R. A., Pangilinan, M., Parker, P. D., Pease, E. K., Pech, K., Phelps, P., Reichhart, L., Shutt, T., Silva, C., Solovov, V. N., Sorensen, P., O'Sullivan, K., Sumner, T. J., Szydagis, M., Taylor, D., Tennyson, B., Tiedt, D. R., Tripathi, M., Uvarov, S., Verbus, J. R., Walsh, N., Webb, R., White, J. T., Witherell, M. S., Wolfs, F. L.H., Woods, M., and Zhang, C. Thu . "Radon-related backgrounds in the LUX dark matter search". United States. doi:10.1016/j.phpro.2014.12.067. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1201671.
@article{osti_1201671,
title = {Radon-related backgrounds in the LUX dark matter search},
author = {Bradley, A. and Akerib, D. S. and Araújo, H. M. and Bai, X. and Bailey, A. J. and Balajthy, J. and Bernard, E. and Bernstein, A. and Byram, D. and Cahn, S. B. and Carmona-Benitez, M. C. and Chan, C. and Chapman, J. J. and Chiller, A. A. and Chiller, C. and Coffey, T. and Currie, A. and de Viveiros, L. and Dobi, A. and Dobson, J. and Druszkiewicz, E. and Edwards, B. and Faham, C. H. and Fiorucci, S. and Flores, C. and Gaitskell, R. J. and Gehman, V. M. and Ghag, C. and Gibson, K. R. and Gilchriese, M. G.D. and Hall, C. and Hertel, S. A. and Horn, M. and Huang, D. Q. and Ihm, M. and Jacobsen, R. G. and Kazkaz, K. and Knoche, R. and Larsen, N. A. and Lee, C. and Lindote, A. and Lopes, M. I. and Malling, D. C. and Mannino, R. and McKinsey, D. N. and Mei, D. -M. and Mock, J. and Moongweluwan, M. and Morad, J. and Murphy, A. St.J. and Nehrkorn, C. and Nelson, H. and Neves, F. and Ott, R. A. and Pangilinan, M. and Parker, P. D. and Pease, E. K. and Pech, K. and Phelps, P. and Reichhart, L. and Shutt, T. and Silva, C. and Solovov, V. N. and Sorensen, P. and O'Sullivan, K. and Sumner, T. J. and Szydagis, M. and Taylor, D. and Tennyson, B. and Tiedt, D. R. and Tripathi, M. and Uvarov, S. and Verbus, J. R. and Walsh, N. and Webb, R. and White, J. T. and Witherell, M. S. and Wolfs, F. L.H. and Woods, M. and Zhang, C.},
abstractNote = {The LUX detector is currently in operation at the Davis Campus at the 4850’ level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, SD to directly search for WIMP dark matter. Knowing the type and rate of backgrounds is critical in a rare, low energy event search, and LUX was designed, constructed, and deployed to mitigate backgrounds, both internal and external. An important internal background are decays of radon and its daughters. These consist of alpha decays, which are easily tagged and are a tracer of certain backgrounds, and beta decays, some of which are not as readily tagged and present a background for the WIMP search. We report on studies of alpha decay and discuss implications for the WIMP search.},
doi = {10.1016/j.phpro.2014.12.067},
journal = {Physics Procedia},
number = C,
volume = 61,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {1}
}

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