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CDMSlite: A Search for Light WIMPs

October 15, 2013 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Presenter 
Ritoban Thakur, Fermilab
Location 
Building 362, Room F108
Type 
Seminar
Series 
HEP Lunch Seminar
Abstract:
The CDMS-low-ionization-threshold-experiment was designed to measure low-energy recoils from Weakly Interacting Massive Particles of mass < 10 GeV. This experiment uses voltage-assisted Luke-Neganov amplification of the ionization-energy deposited by particle interactions, which allows us to probe for light WIMP scatters. In this talk I will describe the physics behind CDMSlite and present science results from the first run. The data were collected with a single 0.6 kg germanium detector running for 10 live days at the Soudan Underground Laboratory. A low ionization-energy threshold of 170 eVee (electron equivalent) was obtained, which allows us to constrain new WIMP-nucleon spin-independent parameter space for WIMP masses below 6 GeV.