An Ultra-Low Background PMT for Liquid Xenon Detectors
Results are presented from radioactivity screening of two models of photomultiplier tubes designed for use in current and future liquid xenon experiments. The Hamamatsu 5.6 cm diameter R8778 PMT, used in the LUX dark matter experiment, has yielded a positive detection of four common radioactive isotopes: 238U, 232Th, 40K, and 60Co. Screening of LUX materials has rendered backgrounds from other detector materials subdominant to the R8778 contribution. A prototype Hamamatsu 7.6 cm diameter R11410 MOD PMT has also been screened, with benchmark isotope counts measured at
Szydagis, Matthew M., "An Ultra-Low Background PMT for Liquid Xenon Detectors" (2013). Physics Faculty Scholarship. 27.
Lead author: Daniel S. Akerib
Corresponding author: David Malling
Collaborations: LUX and LZ