Demonstration of surface electron rejection with interleaved germanium detectors for dark matter searches

R. Agnese, A. J. Anderson, D. Balakishiyeva, R. Basu Thakur, D. A. Bauer, A. Borgland, D. Brandt, P. L. Brink, R. Bunker, B. Cabrera, D. O. Caldwell, D. G. Cerdeno, H. Chagani, M. Cherry, J. Cooley, B. Cornell, C. H. Crewdson, P. Cushman, M. Daal, P. C F Di StefanoE. Do Couto E Silva, T. Doughty, L. Esteban, S. Fallows, E. Figueroa-Feliciano, J. Fox, M. Fritts, G. L. Godfrey, S. R. Golwala, J. Hall, H. R. Harris, J. Hasi, S. A. Hertel, B. A. Hines, T. Hofer, D. Holmgren, L. Hsu, M. E. Huber, A. Jastram, O. Kamaev, B. Kara, M. H. Kelsey, S. A. Kenany, A. Kennedy, C. J. Kenney, M. Kiveni, K. Koch, B. Loer, E. Lopez Asamar, R. Mahapatra, V. Mandic, C. Martinez, K. A. McCarthy, N. Mirabolfathi, R. A. Moffatt, D. C. Moore, P. Nadeau, R. H. Nelson, L. Novak, K. Page, R. Partridge, M. Pepin, A. Phipps, K. Prasad, M. Pyle, H. Qiu, R. Radpour, W. Rau, P. Redl, A. Reisetter, R. W. Resch, Y. Ricci, T. Saab, B. Sadoulet, J. Sander, R. Schmitt, K. Schneck, R. W. Schnee, S. Scorza, D. Seitz, B. Serfass, B. Shank, D. Speller, A. Tomada, A. N. Villano, B. Welliver, D. H. Wright, S. Yellin, J. J. Yen, B. A. Young, J. Zhang

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The SuperCDMS experiment in the Soudan Underground Laboratory searches for dark matter with a 9-kg array of cryogenic germanium detectors. Symmetric sensors on opposite sides measure both charge and phonons from each particle interaction, providing excellent discrimination between electron and nuclear recoils, and between surface and interior events. Surface event rejection capabilities were tested with two 210Pb sources producing ∼130 beta decays/hr. In ∼800 live hours, no events leaked into the 8-115 keV signal region, giving upper limit leakage fraction 1.7 × 10-5 at 90% C.L., corresponding to < 0.6 surface event background in the future 200-kg SuperCDMS SNOLAB experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number164105
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - Oct 14 2013

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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