Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Departmental Colloquium - Sodium Iodide in Dark Matter Experiments - SABRE and Beyond

 

Francis Froborg,
Imperial

Thursday April 20th, 2017
11:30 a.m. Theatre B

Abstract:

Sodium iodide (NaI) is an interesting target for direct dark matter detection experiments due to its sensitivity to different WIMP masses. A prominent example is the DAMA/LIBRA experiment, which measured an annual modulation of their event rate that can be interpreted as WIMP signal. However, this interpretation is controversial due to contradicting results by other experiments using different target materials. 

Besides describing SABRE’s effort towards testing the DAMA claim, I will also show the potential of NaI crystals in future dark matter searches especially in the low WIMP mass region.