SuperCDMS cold hardware design

S. Al Kenany*, Julie A. Rolla, Gary Godfrey, Paul L. Brink, Dennis N. Seitz, Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano, Martin E. Huber, Bruce A. Hines, Kent D. Irwin

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We discuss the current design of the cold hardware and cold electronics to be used in the upcoming SuperCDMS Soudan deployment. Engineering challenges associated with such concerns as thermal isolation, microphonics, radiopurity, and power dissipation are discussed, along with identifying the design changes necessary for SuperCDMS SNOLAB. The Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) employs ultrapure 1-inch thick, 3-inch diameter germanium crystals operating below 50 mK in a dilution cryostat. These detectors give an ionization and phonon signal, which gives us rejection capabilities regarding background events versus dark matter signals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1167-1172
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • Cold hardware
  • Cosmology
  • Cryogenic
  • Dark mater
  • Galaxy
  • LTD-14
  • Low temperature detectors
  • Particle astrophysics
  • Phonon
  • SNOLab
  • Sadoulet group
  • Soudan
  • SuperCDMS
  • UC Berkeley
  • WIMP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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