Joint HEP & Cosmology Seminar: Searching for the Dark Matter Wind: Recent Progress from the DMTPC Experiment

Prof Jocelyn Monroe, Royal Holloway University of London

Friday 30 May 2014, 1330-1430
Cavendish Colloquium Room

The DMTPC directional dark matter detection experiment is a low-pressure CF4 gas time projection chamber, instrumented with charge and scintillation photon readout. This detector design strategy emphasizes reconstruction of WIMP-induced nuclear recoil tracks, in order to determine the direction of incident dark matter particles. Directional detection has the potential to make the definitive observation of dark matter using the unique angular signature of the dark matter wind, which is distinct from all known backgrounds. This talk will review the experimental technique and current status of DMTPC.