COUPP: bubble chambers for Dark Matter detection

E Vazquez-Jauregui, Carl Eric Dahl

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COUPP uses bubble chambers filled with CF3I to search for spin-dependent WIMP-proton and spin-independent WIMP-nucleon interactions. The target material is in a mild superheated state and rendered insensitive to electromagnetic interactions by a suitable choice of the pressure and temperature. Particles crossing the CF3I can interact with nuclei and produce bubbles. The images of the bubbles as well as their acoustic signal are recorded by two cameras and piezo-acoustic transducers, respectively. The acoustic discrimination efficiency between alphas and neutrons has been measured to be better than 99%. Results from two physics runs at SNOLAB showed an improvement in alpha discrimination and in sensitivity compared to a previous run at Fermilab.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVery High Energy Phenomena in the Universe
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the XLVIIIth Rencontres de Moriond
EditorsEtienne Auge, Jacques Dumarchez, Jean Tran Thanh Van
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2013


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