ZEPLIN-III Galactic Dark Matter Search (six month extension)

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Dept of Physics

Abstract

This short extension of the ZEPLIN-III dark matter experiment will enable a second WIMP-search run with the upgraded instrument. The lower background achieved through the development of new photomultiplier tubes and the addition of an active scintillator veto surrounding the WIMP target will be translated into improved sensitivity. This will allow us to probe even deeper into the parameter space that WIMPs are predicted to inhabit.

Publications

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Akimov D (2010) Limits on inelastic dark matter from ZEPLIN-III in Physics Letters B

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Akimov D (2010) The ZEPLIN-III anti-coincidence veto detector in Astroparticle Physics

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Araújo H (2012) Radioactivity backgrounds in ZEPLIN-III in Astroparticle Physics

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Majewski P (2012) Performance data from the ZEPLIN-III second science run in Journal of Instrumentation

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Malling, DC (2011) After LUX: The LZ Program in Pre-print archive

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Neves F (2010) Calibration of photomultiplier arrays in Astroparticle Physics

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Reichhart L (2013) Measurement and simulation of the muon-induced neutron yield in lead in Astroparticle Physics

 
Description Findings from this work are used by the wider scientific community (astrophysics, cosmology, particle physics) and by the media, who report on these topics quite frequently - the search for dark matter attracts significant attention from the public at large.
First Year Of Impact 2009
Sector Education
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Standard (FEC)
Amount £34,628 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2010 
End 03/2011
 
Description ZEPLIN III 
Organisation Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Department Particle Physics Department
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Lead Institute Detector Design and Manufacture Operations Data Exploitation
Collaborator Contribution RAL - Laboratory Infrastructure, computing infrastructure Edinburgh - Veto for second run, operations support, data analysis ITEP - xenon procurement, veto components, operations support, data analysis Coimbra - data acquisition software, slow control, data analysis
Impact World leading direct dark matter search results Established two-phase xenon technology - now adopted by other groups Co-founders of LUX-ZEPLIN collaboration for next generation experiments
Start Year 2006
 
Description ZEPLIN III 
Organisation State Science Centre of Russian Federation Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics
Department Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics
Country Russian Federation 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Lead Institute Detector Design and Manufacture Operations Data Exploitation
Collaborator Contribution RAL - Laboratory Infrastructure, computing infrastructure Edinburgh - Veto for second run, operations support, data analysis ITEP - xenon procurement, veto components, operations support, data analysis Coimbra - data acquisition software, slow control, data analysis
Impact World leading direct dark matter search results Established two-phase xenon technology - now adopted by other groups Co-founders of LUX-ZEPLIN collaboration for next generation experiments
Start Year 2006
 
Description ZEPLIN III 
Organisation University of Coimbra
Department LIP Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Particles Physics
Country Portugal 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Lead Institute Detector Design and Manufacture Operations Data Exploitation
Collaborator Contribution RAL - Laboratory Infrastructure, computing infrastructure Edinburgh - Veto for second run, operations support, data analysis ITEP - xenon procurement, veto components, operations support, data analysis Coimbra - data acquisition software, slow control, data analysis
Impact World leading direct dark matter search results Established two-phase xenon technology - now adopted by other groups Co-founders of LUX-ZEPLIN collaboration for next generation experiments
Start Year 2006
 
Description ZEPLIN III 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Department School of Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Lead Institute Detector Design and Manufacture Operations Data Exploitation
Collaborator Contribution RAL - Laboratory Infrastructure, computing infrastructure Edinburgh - Veto for second run, operations support, data analysis ITEP - xenon procurement, veto components, operations support, data analysis Coimbra - data acquisition software, slow control, data analysis
Impact World leading direct dark matter search results Established two-phase xenon technology - now adopted by other groups Co-founders of LUX-ZEPLIN collaboration for next generation experiments
Start Year 2006
 
Description ZEPLIN-III Collaboration 
Organisation Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Department Particle Physics Department
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Leadership of the scientific work
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration
Impact Publications
 
Description ZEPLIN-III Collaboration 
Organisation State Science Centre of Russian Federation Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics
Country Russian Federation 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leadership of the scientific work
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration
Impact Publications
 
Description ZEPLIN-III Collaboration 
Organisation University of Coimbra
Department Department of Physics
Country Portugal 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leadership of the scientific work
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration
Impact Publications
 
Description ZEPLIN-III Collaboration 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Department School of Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leadership of the scientific work
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration
Impact Publications
 
Description HEP Masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Attended by some 100 A-Level students and their Physics teachers; included above presentation plus Q&A session and informal discussion.



Continual (national) effort to engage students and continue to improve numbers studying Physics (and HEP) in Higher Education
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014
URL http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/naturalsciences/highenergyphysics/even...
 
Description School Visit (Charterhouse School, 2010) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Charterhouse Feynman Society seminar; some 30 students attended talk, which was followed by Q&A and discussion session

No data to judge this
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010