A prototype neutron veto for dark matter detectors

S. Westerdale, E. Shields, F. Calaprice

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Neutrons are a particularly dangerous background for direct WIMP dark matter searches; their nuclear recoils with the target nuclei are often indistinguishable from nuclear recoils produced by WIMP-nuclear collisions. In this study, we explore the concept of a liquid scintillator neutron veto detector that would allow direct dark matter detectors to potentially reject neutrons with greater than 99% efficiency. Here we outline the construction and testing of a small prototype detector and the potential implications of this technology for future dark matter detectors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-22
Number of pages13
JournalAstroparticle Physics
StatePublished - Jun 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


  • Boron-loaded liquid scintillator
  • Direct-detection dark matter search
  • Low-background techniques
  • Neutron detection
  • Neutron veto


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