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Monday, March 21st 2016
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Christina Ignarra - SLAC
Subject: The LUX and LZ Dark Matter Experiments

The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment is searching for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) via direct detection. LUX studies particle interactions in 350 kg of liquid xenon using a dual-phase xenon TPC at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). We have recently improved our "run 3" limits with extensive detector calibrations and analysis improvements, and will finish our final run, run 4, within the next few months. LUX will be replaced by the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) detector, scaling up the WIMP search volume by a factor of 50. A combination of the larger size and other upgrades such as a liquid scintillator outer detector will significantly increase discovery potential.

Faculty Host: Shaul Hanany

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