First Dark Matter Search Results from the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) Experiment
The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment is operating 1.5 km underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota, USA. In 2013, the experiment had a WIMP search exposure of 10,091 kg-days over a period of 85.3 live-days. This first dark matter search placed the world's most stringent limits on WIMP-nucleon interaction cross-sections over a wide range of WIMP masses, and is in tension with signal hints of low-mass WIMPs from DAMA, CoGeNT and CDMS-II Si. LUX will commence a 300 day run in 2014 that will improve the sensitivity by a factor of 5. Low-energy calibrations obtained from a neutron double-scattering technique will further constrain and reduce systematics, particularly for low WIMP masses.
Szydagis, Matthew M., "First Dark Matter Search Results from the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) Experiment" (2014). Physics Faculty Scholarship. 37.