Low-mass dark matter search with the DarkSide-50 experiment

P. Agnes, I. F.M. Albuquerque, T. Alexander, A. K. Alton, G. R. Araujo, D. M. Asner, M. Ave, H. O. Back, B. Baldin, G. Batignani, K. Biery, V. Bocci, G. Bonfini, W. Bonivento, B. Bottino, F. Budano, S. Bussino, M. Cadeddu, M. Cadoni, F. CalapriceA. Caminata, N. Canci, A. Candela, M. Caravati, M. Cariello, M. Carlini, M. Carpinelli, S. Catalanotti, V. Cataudella, P. Cavalcante, S. Cavuoti, R. Cereseto, A. Chepurnov, C. Cicalò, L. Cifarelli, A. G. Cocco, G. Covone, D. D'Angelo, M. D'Incecco, D. D'Urso, S. Davini, A. De Candia, S. De Cecco, M. De Deo, G. De Filippis, G. De Rosa, M. De Vincenzi, P. Demontis, A. V. Derbin, A. Devoto, F. Di Eusanio, G. Di Pietro, C. Dionisi, M. Downing, E. Edkins, A. Empl, A. Fan, G. Fiorillo, K. Fomenko, D. Franco, F. Gabriele, A. Gabrieli, C. Galbiati, P. Garcia Abia, Chiara Ghiano, S. Giagu, C. Giganti, G. K. Giovanetti, O. Gorchakov, A. M. Goretti, F. Granato, M. Gromov, M. Guan, Y. Guardincerri, M. Gulino, B. R. Hackett, M. H. Hassanshahi, K. Herner, B. Hosseini, D. Hughes, P. Humble, E. V. Hungerford, Al Ianni, An Ianni, V. Ippolito, I. James, T. N. Johnson, Y. Kahn, K. Keeter, C. L. Kendziora, I. Kochanek, G. Koh, D. Korablev, G. Korga, A. Kubankin, M. Kuss, M. La Commara, M. Lai, X. Li, Mariangela Lisanti, M. Lissia, B. Loer, G. Longo, Y. Ma, A. A. Machado, I. N. Machulin, A. Mandarano, L. Mapelli, S. M. Mari, J. Maricic, C. J. Martoff, A. Messina, P. D. Meyers, R. Milincic, S. Mishra-Sharma, A. Monte, M. Morrocchi, B. J. Mount, V. N. Muratova, P. Musico, R. Nania, A. Navrer Agasson, A. O. Nozdrina, A. Oleinik, M. Orsini, F. Ortica, L. Pagani, M. Pallavicini, L. Pandola, E. Pantic, E. Paoloni, F. Pazzona, K. Pelczar, N. Pelliccia, V. Pesudo, A. Pocar, S. Pordes, S. S. Poudel, D. A. Pugachev, H. Qian, F. Ragusa, M. Razeti, A. Razeto, B. Reinhold, A. L. Renshaw, M. Rescigno, Q. Riffard, A. Romani, B. Rossi, N. Rossi, D. Sablone, O. Samoylov, W. Sands, S. Sanfilippo, M. Sant, R. Santorelli, C. Savarese, E. Scapparone, B. Schlitzer, E. Segreto, D. A. Semenov, A. Shchagin, A. Sheshukov, P. N. Singh, M. D. Skorokhvatov, O. Smirnov, A. Sotnikov, C. Stanford, S. Stracka, G. B. Suffritti, Y. Suvorov, R. Tartaglia, G. Testera, A. Tonazzo, P. Trinchese, E. V. Unzhakov, M. Verducci, A. Vishneva, B. Vogelaar, M. Wada, T. J. Waldrop, H. Wang, Y. Wang, A. W. Watson, S. Westerdale, M. M. Wojcik, M. Wojcik, X. Xiang, X. Xiao, C. Yang, Z. Ye, C. Zhu, A. Zichichi, G. Zuzel

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Abstract

We present the results of a search for dark matter weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) in the mass range below 20 GeV=c2 using a target of low-radioactivity argon with a 6786.0 kg d exposure. The data were obtained using the DarkSide-50 apparatus at Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso. The analysis is based on the ionization signal, for which the DarkSide-50 time projection chamber is fully efficient at 0.1 keVee. The observed rate in the detector at 0.5 keVee is about 1.5 event=keVee=kg=d and is almost entirely accounted for by known background sources. We obtain a 90% C.L. exclusion limit above 1.8 GeV=c2 for the spin-independent cross section of dark matter WIMPs on nucleons, extending the exclusion region for dark matter below previous limits in the range 1.8-6 GeV=c2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number081307
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume121
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Agnes, P., Albuquerque, I. F. M., Alexander, T., Alton, A. K., Araujo, G. R., Asner, D. M., Ave, M., Back, H. O., Baldin, B., Batignani, G., Biery, K., Bocci, V., Bonfini, G., Bonivento, W., Bottino, B., Budano, F., Bussino, S., Cadeddu, M., Cadoni, M., ... Zuzel, G. (2018). Low-mass dark matter search with the DarkSide-50 experiment. Physical review letters, 121(8), [081307]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.081307