Characterization of SUPERCDMS 1-inch Ge detectors

Z. Ahmed*, D. S. Akerib, C. N. Bailey, D. Balakishiyeva, D. A. Bauer, J. Beaty, P. L. Brink, R. Bunker, B. Cabrera, D. O. Caldwell, K. Clark, J. Cooley, R. Cushman, F. DeJongh, M. R. Dragowsky, L. Duong, E. Figueroa-Feliciano, J. Filippini, M. Fritts, S. R. GolwalaD. R. Grant, J. Hall, R. Hennings-Yeomans, S. Hertel, D. Homgren, L. Hsu, M. E. Huber, O. Kamaev, M. Kiveni, M. Kos, S. W. Leman, R. Mahapatra, V. Mandic, D. Moore, K. A. McCarthy, N. Mirabolfathi, H. Nelson, R. W. Ogbum, M. Pyle, X. Qiu, E. Ramberg, W. Rau, A. Reisetter, T. Saab, B. Sadoulet, J. Sander, R. W. Schnee, D. N. Seitz, B. Serfass, K. M. Sundqvist, A. Tomada, G. Wang, S. Yellin, J. Yoo, B. A. Young

*Corresponding author for this work

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The newly commissioned SuperCDMS Soudan experiment aims to search for WIMP dark matter with a sensitivity to cross sections of 5 × l0 -14cm2 and larger (90% CL upper limit). This goal is facilitated by a new set of germanium detectors, 2.5 times more massive than the ones used in the CDMS-II experiment, and with a different athermal phonon sensor layout that eliminates radial degeneracy in position reconstruction of high radius events. We present characterization data on these detectors, as well as improved techniques for correcting position-dependent variations in pulse shape across the detector. These improvements provide surface-event discrimination sufficient for a reach of 5 × 10-45cm 2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLow Temperature Detectors LTD-13 - Proceedings of the 13th International Workshop
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2009
Event13th International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors, LTD-13 - Stanford, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 20 2009Jul 24 2009

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other13th International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors, LTD-13
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityStanford, CA


  • Cryogenic Detectors/SuperCDMS
  • Dark Matter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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