First Dark Matter Search Results from the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) Experiment

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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.


Lead author: Carlos Faham

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Collaboration: LUX



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