The current status of the WARP experiment

A. M. Szelc, P. Benetti, E. Calligarich, F. Calaprice, M. Cambiaghi, F. Carbonara, F. Cavanna, A. G. Cocco, F. DiPompeo, N. Ferrari, G. Fiorillo, C. Galbiati, L. Grandi, G. Mangano, C. Montanari, O. Palamara, L. Pandola, A. Rappoldi, G. L. Raselli, M. RoncadblliM. Rossella, C. Rubbia, R. Santorelli, C. Vignoli, Y. Zhao

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The WARP detector is a new idea in Dark Matter detection using liquid noble gases, specifically argon. We believe that argon is the medium best suited to detect nuclear recoils coming from interactions with the so called WIMPs (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles). The detection technique, using two different discrimination methods, is capable of an identification power as high as one event in 10s. During the second half of the year 2006 the next, 100 liter, detector will be constructed with an active veto shield to further suppress the background, while currently a 2.3 liter prototype, installed in the Gran Sasso Laboratory (Italy), has been taking data since May 2004. The small version of the detector is able to not only provide insight on the operation of a two-phase liquid argon chamber but is also able to provide physics results competitive with the current leading edge experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1997-2004
Number of pages8
JournalActa Physica Polonica B
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2006
EventCracow Epiphany Conference on Neutrinos and Dark Matter - Cracow, Poland
Duration: Jan 5 2006Jan 8 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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