A pilot dark matter particle search experiment

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Conference Proceeding

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American Institute of Physics


We summarize the status of a proposed pilot dark matter experiment in which cryogenic detectors will be used to detect weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) interactions in cold (∼20 mK) and pure crystals. Two specific cryogenic detection schemes are reviewed. In one, the detectors sense both phonons and ionization produced by a scattering event in a Ge target crystal. In the other, thin films of superconductors are used to detect athermal and quasidiffuse phonons produced in Si. We also describe a dedicated underground laboratory recently constructed at Stanford which will be used for our dark matter search.


Copyright © 1992 American Institute of Physics Publishing. Reprinted with permission.
The Proceedings of the XXVI International Conference on High Energy Physics (Dallas, Texas, August 5 - 12, 1992)