Light Dark Matter Search with a High-Resolution Athermal Phonon Detector Operated above Ground

I. Alkhatib, D. W.P. Amaral, T. Aralis, T. Aramaki, I. J. Arnquist, I. Ataee Langroudy, 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. CameronC. Cartaro, D. G. Cerdeño, Y. Y. Chang, M. Chaudhuri, 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, V. K.S. Kashyap, 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, H. Meyer Zu Theenhausen, 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, T. Saab, B. Sadoulet, J. Sander, A. Sattari, R. W. Schnee, S. Scorza, B. Serfass, D. J. Sincavage, C. Stanford, 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, J. Camilleri, Yu G. Kolomensky, S. Zuber

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We present limits on spin-independent dark matter-nucleon interactions using a 10.6 g Si athermal phonon detector with a baseline energy resolution of σE=3.86±0.04(stat)-0.00+0.19(syst) eV. This exclusion analysis sets the most stringent dark matter-nucleon scattering cross-section limits achieved by a cryogenic detector for dark matter particle masses from 93 to 140 MeV/c2, with a raw exposure of 9.9 g d acquired at an above-ground facility. This work illustrates the scientific potential of detectors with athermal phonon sensors with eV-scale energy resolution for future dark matter searches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number061801
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 6 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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