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Title: Lowering the threshold in the DAMA dark matter search

The DAMA experiment searches for Weakly Interacting Massive Particle (WIMP) dark matter via its expected but rare interactions within the detector, where the interaction rates will modulate throughout the year due to the orbital motion of the Earth. Over the course of more than 10 years of operation, DAMA has indeed detected a strong modulation in the event rate above the detector threshold of 2 keVee. Under standard assumptions regarding the dark matter halo and WIMP interactions, this signal is consistent with that expected of WIMPs of two different approximate masses: ∼ 10 GeV and ∼ 70 GeV. We examine how a lower threshold, allowed by recent upgrades to the DAMA detector, may shed light on this situation. We find that the lower threshold data should rule out one of the two mass ranges for spin-independent couplings (in the worst case, disfavoring one of the masses by still more than 2.6σ) and is likely, though not certain, to do the same for spin-dependent couplings. Furthermore, the data may indicate whether the interaction is predominantly spin-independent or spin-dependent in some cases. Our findings illustrate the importance of a low threshold in modulation searches.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22282678
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2013; Journal Issue: 09; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; APPROXIMATIONS; ASTROPHYSICS; GEV RANGE; MODULATION; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; PARTICLE IDENTIFICATION; REST MASS; SPIN; WIMPS