publication . Other literature type . Article . Preprint . 2018

Direct detection of light dark matter and solar neutrinos via color center production in crystals

Ran Budnik;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jul 2018
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
We propose a new low-threshold direct-detection concept for dark matter and for coherent nuclear scattering of solar neutrinos, based on the dissociation of atoms and subsequent creation of color center type defects within a lattice. The novelty in our approach lies in its ability to detect single defects in a macroscopic bulk of material. This class of experiments features ultra-low energy thresholds which allows for the probing of dark matter as light as O(10) MeV through nuclear scattering. Another feature of defect creation in crystals is directional information, which presents as a spectacular signal and a handle on background reduction in the form of daily...
free text keywords: Nuclear and High Energy Physics, High Energy Physics - Phenomenology, Physics, QC1-999
Funded by
Going Beyond the WIMP: From Theory to Detection of Light Dark Matter
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 682676
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-COG
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