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Scintillation time dependence and pulse shape discrimination in liquid argon

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W. H. Lippincott, Kevin Coakley, D. Gastler, A. Hime, E. Kearns, D. N. McKinsey, J. A. Nikkel, L. C. Stonehill

Abstract

Using a single-phase liquid argon detector with a signal yield of 4.85 photoelectrons per keV of electronic-equivalent recoil energy (keVee), we measure the scintillation time dependence of both electronic and nuclear recoils in liquid argon down to 5 keVee. We develop two methods of pulse shape discrimination to distinguish between electronic and nuclear recoils. Using one of these methods, we measure a background and statistics-limited level of electronic recoil contamination to be 7.6e-07 between 60 and 128 keVr for a nuclear recoil acceptance of 50%, with no nuclear recoil-like events above 72 keVr. Finally, we develop a maximum likelihood method of pulse shape discrimination using the measured scintillation time dependence and predict the sensitivity to WIMP-nucleon scattering in three configurations of a liquid argon dark matter detector.
Citation
Physical Review C (Nuclear Physics)

Keywords

argon, electronic recoil, nuclear recoil, pulse shape discrimination, scintillation light, stochastic modeling, time dependence.

Citation

Lippincott, W. , Coakley, K. , Gastler, D. , Hime, A. , Kearns, E. , McKinsey, D. , Nikkel, J. and Stonehill, L. (2010), Scintillation time dependence and pulse shape discrimination in liquid argon, Physical Review C (Nuclear Physics) (Accessed July 23, 2024)

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Created March 1, 2010, Updated October 12, 2021