As part of the DarkSide program of direct dark matter searches using two-phase argon TPCs, a prototype detector with an active volume containing 10 kg of liquid argon, DarkSide-10, was built and operated underground in the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy. A critically important parameter for such devices is the scintillation light yield, as photon statistics limits the rejection of electron-recoil backgrounds by pulse shape discrimination. We have measured the light yield of DarkSide-10 using the readily-identifiable full-absorption peaks from gamma ray sources combined with single-photoelectron calibrations using low-occupancy laser pulses. For gamma lines of energies in the range 122-1275 keV, we get light yields averaging 8.887±0.003(stat) ±0.444(sys) p.e./keVee. With additional purification, the light yield measured at 511 keV increased to 9.142±0.006(stat) p.e./keVee.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 2013|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We acknowledge support from the NSF (US, Grants PHY-0919363, PHY-1004072, and associated collaborative Grants), DOE (US, Contract Nos. DE-FG02–91ER40671 and DE-AC02–07CH11359), and the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy).
- Argon Time projection chamber
- Dark matter
- Light yield
- Photoelectron yield