LUX350/LUX-ZEPLIN R&D

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

Abstract

This proposal will enable the release of short-term bridging funds to Imperial College to support participation in LUX-350 (travel) and R&D/design activities for LUX-ZEPLIN, as determined by the Dark Matter Sub-Group set up by Science Board (document attached).

Planned Impact

The most impact would be felt within the scientific community itself. A first detection of dark matter particles would have truly profound implications. It would answer one of the major questions in astronomy and cosmology and tell us what the majority of the Universe is made from. It would also conmsolidate the well developed but unproven models of our Universe and how it has evolved. This discovery would be profound enough in its own right but there would be another equally profound implication from the detailed particle properties. The particles would almost certainly be of relevance to the quest for unification of the forces of Nature; this has been going on for several decades now and most serious theories predict new particles. Finding such new particles would confirm that efforts in this direction could well be on the right lines. Hence, for the scientific community a discovery would be ground breaking and shape the whole future of continued research in these two directions.
The technology being devloped is state-of-the-art in terms of particle detection and identification. The detection of WIMPs requires technology which can also detect fast neutrons. This is of interest to many security related issues and some devleopments in this direction to look for neutron production could follow on. The subject of dark matter is high in the public interest. Up until now the public have followed with interest all the evidence and efforts to make detections but will only null reports (for the most part) a positive convincing announcement would re-invigorate the interest and doubtless attract young people into following science as a carreer. For the national funding agencies a positive detection would allow a new planning regime with clear targetted more specific goals for future studies.

Publications

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Akerib D (2017) 3D modeling of electric fields in the LUX detector in Journal of Instrumentation

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Akerib D (2017) Kr 83 m calibration of the 2013 LUX dark matter search in Physical Review D

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Akerib D (2016) FPGA-based trigger system for the LUX dark matter experiment in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment

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Akerib D (2016) Tritium calibration of the LUX dark matter experiment in Physical Review D

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Akerib D (2018) Position reconstruction in LUX in Journal of Instrumentation

 
Description International Exchanges Scheme
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Funding ID IE120804 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2013 
End 03/2015
 
Description PPRP - LZ Dark Matter Search R&D
Amount £178,700 (GBP)
Funding ID P44228 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2013 
End 03/2015
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation Brown University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation Case Western Reserve University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation Texas A&M University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation University of California, Berkeley
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation University of California, Davis
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation University of California, Santa Barbara
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation University of Coimbra
Department LIP Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Particles Physics
Country Portugal 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation University of Maryland
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation University of Rochester
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation University of South Dakota
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX Collaboration 
Organisation Yale University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Operation and science exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Collaborator Contribution Design, construction, operation and exploitation of the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Laboratory
Impact None for the UK yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation Brown University
Department Department of Physics
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation Case Western Reserve University
Department Department of Physics
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation Texas A&M University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation University of California, Berkeley
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation University of California, Davis
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation University of California, Santa Barbara
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation University of Coimbra
Department LIP Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Particles Physics
Country Portugal 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation University of Maryland
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation University of Rochester
Department Department of Physics and Astronomy
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation University of South Dakota
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LUX-ZEPLIN 
Organisation Yale University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments
Collaborator Contribution Co-founding of collaboration - co-PI Design studies Proposal developments technology developments
Impact Proposal to STFC - 2009 On going design studies
Start Year 2008
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation Brown University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation Case Western Reserve University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation Daresbury Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Department Particle Physics Department
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation Stanford University
Department SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation Texas A&M University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation University of Alabama at Birmingham
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation University of California, Berkeley
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation University of California, Davis
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation University of California, Santa Barbara
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation University of Coimbra
Department LIP Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Particles Physics
Country Portugal 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation University of Maryland
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation University of Rochester
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Department Department of Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation University of South Dakota
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation University of Wisconsin-Madison
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description LZ Collaboration 
Organisation Yale University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Collaborator Contribution Management, experimental design, R&D, construction-phase deliverables
Impact Project in design/construction phase, no significant outputs yet
Start Year 2012
 
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 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015
URL http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/naturalsciences/highenergyphysics/even...
 
Description Imperial News feature (LZ approval) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "New dark matter detector gets green light" - Imperial News feature on the approval of the LZ experiment by the US funding agencies. This was disseminated to UK media organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_18-8-2014-9-47-25
 
Description Imperial News feature - First LUX results (online) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "New dark matter detector sends first data from gold mine 1.5km underground" - announcement of LUX results in 2013. This was disseminated to UK media organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_30-10-2013-15-31-20