NPA Seminar: Scott Kravitz, University of Texas at Austin, “Dark matter detection and beyond with crystal xenon”

Event time: 
Thursday, December 7, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Wright Lab, WL-216 (Conference Room) See map
272 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

Event description: 

I will present the crystalline xenon time projection chamber (TPC), a promising novel technology for next-generation dark matter searches. Initial tests have established that it maintains many of the benefits of the liquid xenon TPC while also effectively excluding radon, the dominant background in currently-running xenon dark matter experiments such as LZ. This offers the potential for greatly improved sensitivity to dark matter through a crystal xenon upgrade to an existing experiment. This talk will discuss instrumental performance, comparison with respect to liquid phase detectors, plans for establishing its scalability, and potential further applications such as neutrinoless double beta decay.

Host: Thomas Penny