Constraints on low-mass, relic dark matter candidates from a surface-operated SuperCDMS single-charge sensitive detector

D. W. Amaral, T. Aralis, T. Aramaki, I. J. Arnquist, E. Azadbakht, S. Banik, D. Barker, C. Bathurst, D. A. Bauer, L. V.S. Bezerra, R. Bhattacharyya, T. Binder, M. A. Bowles, P. L. Brink, R. Bunker, B. Cabrera, R. Calkins, R. A. Cameron, C. Cartaro, D. G. CerdeñoY. Y. Chang, R. Chen, N. Chott, J. Cooley, H. Coombes, J. Corbett, P. Cushman, F. De Brienne, M. L. Di Vacri, M. D. Diamond, E. Fascione, E. Figueroa-Feliciano, C. W. Fink, K. Fouts, M. Fritts, G. Gerbier, R. Germond, M. Ghaith, S. R. Golwala, H. R. Harris, N. Herbert, B. A. Hines, M. I. Hollister, Z. Hong, E. W. Hoppe, L. Hsu, M. E. Huber, V. Iyer, D. Jardin, A. Jastram, M. H. Kelsey, A. Kubik, N. A. Kurinsky, R. E. Lawrence, A. Li, B. Loer, E. Lopez Asamar, P. Lukens, D. MacDonell, D. B. MacFarlane, R. Mahapatra, V. Mandic, N. Mast, A. J. Mayer, M. Michaud, E. Michielin, N. Mirabolfathi, B. Mohanty, J. D. Morales Mendoza, S. Nagorny, J. Nelson, H. Neog, V. Novati, J. L. Orrell, S. M. Oser, W. A. Page, P. Pakarha, R. Partridge, R. Podviianiuk, F. Ponce, S. Poudel, M. Pyle, W. Rau, E. Reid, R. Ren, T. Reynolds, A. Roberts, A. E. Robinson, H. E. Rogers, T. Saab, B. Sadoulet, J. Sander, A. Sattari, R. W. Schnee, S. Scorza, B. Serfass, D. J. Sincavage, C. Stanford, M. Stein, J. Street, D. Toback, R. Underwood, S. Verma, A. N. Villano, B. Von Krosigk, S. L. Watkins, L. Wills, J. S. Wilson, M. J. Wilson, J. Winchell, D. H. Wright, S. Yellin, B. A. Young, T. C. Yu, E. Zhang, H. G. Zhang, X. Zhao, L. Zheng

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This article presents an analysis and the resulting limits on light dark matter inelastically scattering off of electrons, and on dark photon and axionlike particle absorption, using a second-generation SuperCDMS high-voltage eV-resolution detector. The 0.93 g Si detector achieved a 3 eV phonon energy resolution; for a detector bias of 100 V, this corresponds to a charge resolution of 3% of a single electron-hole pair. The energy spectrum is reported from a blind analysis with 1.2 g-days of exposure acquired in an above-ground laboratory. With charge carrier trapping and impact ionization effects incorporated into the dark matter signal models, the dark matter-electron cross section σ¯e is constrained for dark matter masses from 0.5 to 104 MeV/c2; in the mass range from 1.2 to 50 eV/c2 the dark photon kinetic mixing parameter μ and the axioelectric coupling constant gae are constrained. The minimum 90% confidence-level upper limits within the above-mentioned mass ranges are σ¯e=8.7×10-34 cm2, μ=3.3×10-14, and gae=1.0×10-9.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number091101
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 13 2020

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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