SABRE: A New NaI(T1) Dark Matter Direct Detection Experiment

Emily Shields, Jingke Xu, Frank Calaprice

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SABRE (Sodium-iodide with Active Background REjection) is a new NaI(Tl) experiment designed to test the DAMA/LIBRA claim for a positive WIMP-dark matter annual modulation signal. SABRE will consist of highly pure NaI(Tl) crystals in an active liquid scintillator veto that will be placed deep underground. The scintillator vessel will provide a veto against external backgrounds and those arising from detector components, especially the 3 keV signature from the decay of 40K in the crystal. Through the use of crystal purification techniques and the veto, we aim for a 40K background significantly lower than that of the DAMA/LIBRA experiment. We present our work developing low-background NaI(Tl) crystals using a highly pure NaI powder and the development of the veto.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-178
Number of pages10
JournalPhysics Procedia
StatePublished - 2015
Event13th International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics, TAUP 2013 - , United States
Duration: Sep 8 2013Sep 13 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


  • NaI(Tl)
  • WIMP
  • dark matter


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