Participation in EDELWEISS-II exploitation (2011)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

The nature of the dark matter in the Universe is of scientific and general public interest. Understanding what the majority of the matter density is would advance mankind's knowledge and satisfy everyone's desire for understanding the world around us. This grant will allow UK researchers to participate in the exploitation phase of the EDELWEISS experiment, a dark matter search located in the Modane underground laboratory in a road tunnel between France and Italy.

Planned Impact

This grant allows UK researchers access to the EDELWEISS experiment and engage in data analysis and Monte Carlo modelling. This activity will support the training of graduate students in particle astrophysics and software development.

Publications

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Armengaud E (2016) Constraints on low-mass WIMPs from the EDELWEISS-III dark matter search in Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

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Armengaud E (2017) Performance of the EDELWEISS-III experiment for direct dark matter searches in Journal of Instrumentation

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Armengaud E (2013) Background studies for the EDELWEISS dark matter experiment in Astroparticle Physics

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Arnaud Q (2018) Optimizing EDELWEISS detectors for low-mass WIMP searches in Physical Review D

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Cox G (2012) A multi-tiered data structure and process management system based on ROOT and CouchDB in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment

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Schmidt B (2013) Muon-induced background in the EDELWEISS dark matter search in Astroparticle Physics

 
Description This was a small travel grant which allowed us to participate in the exploitation of the EDELWEISS-II dark mater search experiment. Several papers have been published which limited the model parameters fr WIMP dark matter.
Exploitation Route Data analysis and simulations for a low background dark matter search experiment.
Sectors Other

 
Description EDELWEISS 
Organisation Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)
Department Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe (IRFU)
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Monte Carlo modelling of radioactive background, leading the work package on background studies.
Collaborator Contribution Joint work on EDELWEISS-II experiment
Impact One paper has been submitted to Physics Letter B, two more papers are in preparation
Start Year 2010
 
Description EDELWEISS 
Organisation Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Monte Carlo modelling of radioactive background, leading the work package on background studies.
Collaborator Contribution Joint work on EDELWEISS-II experiment
Impact One paper has been submitted to Physics Letter B, two more papers are in preparation
Start Year 2010
 
Description EDELWEISS 
Organisation National Center for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS)
Department IN2P3-Lyon
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Monte Carlo modelling of radioactive background, leading the work package on background studies.
Collaborator Contribution Joint work on EDELWEISS-II experiment
Impact One paper has been submitted to Physics Letter B, two more papers are in preparation
Start Year 2010
 
Description EDELWEISS 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Particle Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Monte Carlo modelling of radioactive background, leading the work package on background studies.
Collaborator Contribution Joint work on EDELWEISS-II experiment
Impact One paper has been submitted to Physics Letter B, two more papers are in preparation
Start Year 2010
 
Description EURECA 
Organisation Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific collaboration to design, build and operate a tonne-scale cryogenic experiment
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration to design, build and operate a tonne-scale cryogenic experiment
Impact Scientific publications, software development.
Start Year 2006
 
Description EURECA 
Organisation National Center for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS)
Department Centre for Nuclear Sciences and Material Sciences (CSNSM)
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Scientific collaboration to design, build and operate a tonne-scale cryogenic experiment
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration to design, build and operate a tonne-scale cryogenic experiment
Impact Scientific publications, software development.
Start Year 2006
 
Description EURECA 
Organisation National Center for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS)
Department IN2P3-Lyon
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Scientific collaboration to design, build and operate a tonne-scale cryogenic experiment
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration to design, build and operate a tonne-scale cryogenic experiment
Impact Scientific publications, software development.
Start Year 2006
 
Description EURECA 
Organisation Saclay Nuclear Research Centre
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Scientific collaboration to design, build and operate a tonne-scale cryogenic experiment
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration to design, build and operate a tonne-scale cryogenic experiment
Impact Scientific publications, software development.
Start Year 2006
 
Description EURECA 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific collaboration to design, build and operate a tonne-scale cryogenic experiment
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration to design, build and operate a tonne-scale cryogenic experiment
Impact Scientific publications, software development.
Start Year 2006
 
Title Modified SOURCES4 code 
Description The original code SOURCES4 developed at LANL (USA) has been modified to allow more accurate calculation of neutron yield in (alpha, n) reactions on a large number of isotopes relevant to material construction for rare event experiments. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact The code is now widely used by physicists working with underground experiments for rare event searches.