Title

Improved Limits on Spin-Dependent WIMP-Proton Interactions from a Two Liter CF3I Bubble Chamber

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.021303

Abstract

Data from the operation of a bubble chamber filled with 3.5 kg of CF3I in a shallow underground site are reported. An analysis of ultrasound signals accompanying bubble nucleations confirms that alpha decays generate a significantly louder acoustic emission than single nuclear recoils, leading to an efficient background discrimination. Three dark matter candidate events were observed during an effective exposure of 28.1 kg-day, consistent with a neutron background. This observation provides the strongest direct detection constraint to date on WIMP-proton spin-dependent scattering for WIMP masses >20 GeV/c^2.

Comments

Lead author: Edward Behnke

Corresponding authors: C. Eric Dahl and Jeter Hall

Collaboration: COUPP