The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment

D. S. Akerib, X. Bai, S. Bedikian, E. Bernard, A. Bernstein, A. Bolozdynya, A. Bradley, D. Byram, S. B. Cahn, C. Camp, M. C. Carmona-Benitez, D. Carr, J. J. Chapman, A. Chiller, C. Chiller, K. Clark, T. Classen, T. Coffey, A. Curioni, E. DahlS. Dazeley, L. De Viveiros, A. Dobi, E. Dragowsky, E. Druszkiewicz, B. Edwards, C. H. Faham, S. Fiorucci, R. J. Gaitskell, K. R. Gibson, M. Gilchriese, C. Hall, M. Hanhardt, B. Holbrook, M. Ihm, R. G. Jacobsen, L. Kastens, K. Kazkaz, R. Knoche, S. Kyre, J. Kwong, R. Lander, N. A. Larsen, C. Lee, D. S. Leonard, K. T. Lesko, A. Lindote, M. I. Lopes, A. Lyashenko, D. C. Malling, R. Mannino, Z. Marquez, D. N. McKinsey, D. M. Mei, J. Mock, M. Moongweluwan, M. Morii, H. Nelson, F. Neves, J. A. Nikkel, M. Pangilinan, P. D. Parker, E. K. Pease, K. Pech, P. Phelps, A. Rodionov, P. Roberts, A. Shei, T. Shutt, C. Silva, W. Skulski, V. N. Solovov, C. J. Sofka, P. Sorensen, J. Spaans, T. Stiegler, D. Stolp, R. Svoboda, M. Sweany, M. Szydagis, D. Taylor, J. Thomson, M. Tripathi, S. Uvarov, J. R. Verbus, N. Walsh, R. Webb, D. White, J. T. White, T. J. Whitis, M. Wlasenko, F. L.H. Wolfs, M. Woods, C. Zhang

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The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) collaboration has designed and constructed a dual-phase xenon detector, in order to conduct a search for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), a leading dark matter candidate. The goal of the LUX detector is to clearly detect (or exclude) WIMPS with a spin independent cross-section per nucleon of 2×10-46cm2, equivalent to ∼1event/100kg/month in the inner 100-kg fiducial volume (FV) of the 370-kg detector. The overall background goals are set to have <1 background events characterized as possible WIMPs in the FV in 300 days of running. This paper describes the design and construction of the LUX detector.

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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