R & D for Future ZEPLIN

R. Bisset, M. J. Carson, H. Chagani, D. B. Cline, E. J. Daw, T. Ferbel, J. Gao, Y. S. Gao, V. A. Kudryavtsev, P. K. Lightfoot, P. Majewski, J. Maxin, J. Miller, W. C. Ooi, M. Robinson, G. Salinas, U. Schroeder, J. Seifert, F. Sergiampietri, W. SkulskiP. F. Smith, N. J C Spooner, J. Toke, H. Wang, J. T. White, F. Wolfs, X. Yang

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We propose a new concept for a very low background Dark Matter experiment using multi-ton liquid xenon. The detector consists of two concentric spheres and a charge readout device in the centre. Xenon between the two spheres forms a self-shield and veto device. The inner surface of the centre sphere is coated with CsI to form an internal photocathode with minimum of 2π coverage for any event in the active volume. Photoelectrons from the CsI photocathode drift toward the charge readout micro-structure in the centre of the detector. Both scintillation and ionisation is measured simultaneously for background rejection and 3-D event mapping. In addition to external shielding, the low background is achieved by eliminating PMTs and by using low radioactivity pure materials throughout the detector. We present detailed calculations of the charge readout system and design details. The detector is expected to probe the full SUSY parameter space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-167
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements
StatePublished - Nov 2007


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