The XENON1T Dark Matter Detector
September 18, 2014 - 11:00am
Boggs 1-90 (CRA Visualization Lab)
The nature of dark matter remains one of the most fascinating yet unsolved problems in modern science. A large compelling body of evidence supports the theory that almost 27% of the mass-energy density of the universe is made of cold dark matter. The XENON Project aims at the direct detection of dark matter in the form of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) via nuclear recoils in a LXe Dual-phase Time Projection Chamber. The third phase of the project XENON1T, a ton scale LXe dark matter detector is currently under construction at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy and aims to achieve unprecedented sensitivities of the cross section of the WIMP-nucleon interaction. Such sensitivity will probe new sectors predicted by Supersymmetry with a high discovery potential. The design of XENON1T and R&D projects such as the XENON1T Demonstrator, as well as the future prospect of the field will be discussed in detail.