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Update on the MiniCLEAN Dark Matter Experiment



Kevin J. Coakley, K. Rielage, M. Akashi-Ronquest, M. Bodmer, R. Bourque, B. Buck, A. Butcher, T. Caldwell, Y. Chen, F. A. Duncan, E. Flores, J. A. Formaggio, D. Glaster, F. Giuliani, M. Gold, E. Grace, J. Griego, N. Guerrero, V. Guiseppe, R. Henning, A. Hime, S. Jaditz, C. Kachulis, E. Kearns, J. Kelsey, J. R. Klein, A. Latorre, I. Lawson, O. Li, P. Liimatainen, S. Linden, F. Lopez, K. McFarlane, D. N. McKinsey, S. MacMullin, A. Mastbaum, D.-M. Mei, J. Monroe, J. A. Nikkel, J. Oertel, G. D. Orebi Gann, K. Palladino, G. Perumpilly, L. Rodriguez, R. Schnee, S. Seibert, J. Walding, B. Wang, J. Wang, C. Zhang


The direct search for dark matter is entering a period of increased sensitivity to the hypothetical Weakly Interacting Massive Particle (WIMP). One such technology that is being examined is a scintillationonly noble liquid experiment, MiniCLEAN. MiniCLEAN utilizes over 500 kg of liquid cryogen to detect nuclear recoils from WIMP dark matter and serves as a demonstration for a future detector of order 50 to 100 tonnes. The liquid cryogen is interchangeable between argon and neon to study the A2 dependence of the potential signal and examine backgrounds. MiniCLEAN utilizes a unique modular design with spherical geometry to maximize the light yield using cold photomultiplier tubes in a single-phase detector. Pulse shape discrimination techniques are used to separate nuclear recoil signals from electron recoil backgrounds. MiniCLEAN will be spiked with additional 39Ar to demonstrate the effective reach of the pulse shape discrimination capability. Assembly of the experiment is underway at SNOLAB and an update on the project is given.
Physics Procedia


dark matter, liquid argon, liquid neon, scintillation, WIMP, solar neutrinos


Coakley, K. , Rielage, K. , Akashi-Ronquest, M. , Bodmer, M. , Bourque, R. , Buck, B. , Butcher, A. , Caldwell, T. , Chen, Y. , Duncan, F. , Flores, E. , Formaggio, J. , Glaster, D. , Giuliani, F. , Gold, M. , Grace, E. , Griego, J. , Guerrero, N. , Guiseppe, V. , Henning, R. , Hime, A. , Jaditz, S. , Kachulis, C. , Kearns, E. , Kelsey, J. , Klein, J. , Latorre, A. , Lawson, I. , Li, O. , Liimatainen, P. , Linden, S. , Lopez, F. , McFarlane, K. , McKinsey, D. , MacMullin, S. , Mastbaum, A. , Mei, D. , Monroe, J. , Nikkel, J. , Oertel, J. , Orebi Gann, G. , Palladino, K. , Perumpilly, G. , Rodriguez, L. , Schnee, R. , Seibert, S. , Walding, J. , Wang, B. , Wang, J. and Zhang, C. (2015), Update on the MiniCLEAN Dark Matter Experiment, Physics Procedia, [online], (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created March 23, 2015, Updated January 4, 2022