Development of bubble chambers with enhanced stability and sensitivity to low-energy nuclear recoils

W. J. Bolte, J. I. Collar*, M. Crisler, J. Hall, D. Holmgren, D. Nakazawa, B. Odom, K. O'Sullivan, R. Plunkett, E. Ramberg, A. Raskin, A. Sonnenschein, J. D. Vieira

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The viability of using Bubble Chambers as dark matter particle detectors is considered. Techniques leading to the enhanced chamber stability needed for this new application are described in detail. Prototype trials show that sensitivity to the low-energy nuclear recoils induced by Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMP) is possible in conditions of extreme insensitivity to minimum ionizing backgrounds. An understanding of detector response is demonstrated using existing theoretical models. We briefly comment on the prospects for detection of supersymmetric dark matter with large CF3 I chambers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-573
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Volume577
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 11 2007

Keywords

  • Bubble chambers
  • Dark matter
  • WIMPs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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