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2020 02 12 : Particle Physics Seminar : NEWS-G: Search for Light Dark Matter with a Spherical Proportional Counter

NEWS-G: Search for Light Dark Matter with a Spherical Proportional Counter

  • Date 12 Feb 2020
  • Time 15:30 - 16:30
  • Category Seminar

Prof. Konstantinos Nikolopoulos (University of Birmingham)

The NEWS-G collaboration is searching for light dark matter candidates using a spherical proportional counter. Access to the mass range from 0.1 to 10 GeV is enabled by the combination of low energy threshold, light gaseous targets (H, Ne), and highly radio-pure construction. The current status of the experiment will be presented, along with the first NEWS-G results obtained with SEDINE, a 60 cm in diameter spherical proportional counter operating at LSM (France), excluding cross-sections above 4.4x10^{37} cm^2 for 0.5 GeV WIMP using a neon-based gas mixture. The construction of the next generation, 140 cm in diameter, spherical proportional counter constructed using 4N copper at LSM will be discussed, along with the latest advances in SPC instrumentation. The detector, following initial commissioning at LSM is currently being transported to SNOLAB (Canada), with the first physics run scheduled for 2020. Finally, future prospects and applications of spherical proportional counters will be summarised.

 

Location: T125

2020 02 12 PPSeminar Nikolopoulos

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