California Institute of Technology
Constraints on low-mass dark matter from CDMS-II and
the development of highly-multiplexed next-generation detectors
Abstract: Data from the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS II) have been reanalyzed to give increased sensitivity to Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) with masses below 10 GeV/c^2. Constraints on light WIMPs from an analysis of the CDMS II spectrum with a 2 keV recoil-energy threshold as well as a search for annual modulation in the observed low-energy event rate will be presented. These results directly constrain low-mass WIMP interpretations of the potential signals reported by the DAMA/LIBRA, CoGeNT and CRESST experiments. Progress developing radio-frequency multiplexed detectors for next-generation rare-event searches will also be discussed, including the first demonstration of energy and position-resolved phonon-mediated particle detection using microwave kinetic inductance detectors.
Biography: I am currently a graduate student at Caltech, working with Sunil Golwala on the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS).
Location: Physics/Astrophysics Building, Conference Rooms 102 & 103
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 4:15-5:30pm
Light refreshments will be available at 4:00 pm; Presentation begins 4:15pm. Open to All
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