Bridging funding for EDELWEISS/EURECA

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 us to participate in the upgrade 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 its data.

Publications

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Angloher G (2014) EURECA Conceptual Design Report in Physics of the Dark Universe

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Armengaud E (2013) Background studies for the EDELWEISS dark matter experiment in 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) Axion searches with the EDELWEISS-II experiment in Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

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

 
Description A design of the inner shielding against background radiation for large-scale cryogenic dark matter experiment has been completed.
Exploitation Route Modelling and design of the shielding against background radiations.
Sectors Other

 
Description STFC standard grant
Amount £95,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/K006444/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2013 
End 03/2015
 
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 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 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 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 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
 
Description LZ 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Working together on the design and future construction of the LZ detector
Collaborator Contribution Working together on the design and future construction of the LZ detector
Impact LZ Conceptual Design Report, LZ Technical Design Report, LZ detector
Start Year 2013
 
Description LZ 
Organisation Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Department Particle Physics Department
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Working together on the design and future construction of the LZ detector
Collaborator Contribution Working together on the design and future construction of the LZ detector
Impact LZ Conceptual Design Report, LZ Technical Design Report, LZ detector
Start Year 2013
 
Description LZ 
Organisation University College London
Department Department of Physics & Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Working together on the design and future construction of the LZ detector
Collaborator Contribution Working together on the design and future construction of the LZ detector
Impact LZ Conceptual Design Report, LZ Technical Design Report, LZ detector
Start Year 2013
 
Description LZ 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Department School of Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Working together on the design and future construction of the LZ detector
Collaborator Contribution Working together on the design and future construction of the LZ detector
Impact LZ Conceptual Design Report, LZ Technical Design Report, LZ detector
Start Year 2013
 
Description LZ 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Working together on the design and future construction of the LZ detector
Collaborator Contribution Working together on the design and future construction of the LZ detector
Impact LZ Conceptual Design Report, LZ Technical Design Report, LZ detector
Start Year 2013
 
Description LZ 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Working together on the design and future construction of the LZ detector
Collaborator Contribution Working together on the design and future construction of the LZ detector
Impact LZ Conceptual Design Report, LZ Technical Design Report, LZ detector
Start Year 2013
 
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. 
 
Title Muon simulation code 
Description A Monte Carlo code for modelling cosmic-ray muons at different underground sites (SURF at South Dakota, USA and Modane, France) 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2013 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The code allows calculation of the muon fluxes and energy spectra underground. Initial simulations have been done for underground laboratories in Italy, France and others. In 2015 the model and method have applied to the SURF underground laboratory in the USA. 
 
Description Public talks at the amateur astronomy society meetings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Around 100 people attended several tialks in total

Several other invitations received
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013