obscura: A modular C++ tool and library for the direct detection of (sub-GeV) dark matter via nuclear and electron recoils

Timon Emken
2021 Journal of Open Source Software  
For the interpretation of past and future direct searches for dark matter (DM) particles, it is important to be able to provide accurate predictions for event rates and spectra under a variety of possible and viable assumptions in a computationally efficient way. While there exists a few tools to compute DM induced nuclear recoil spectra, 'obscura' is not limited to nuclear targets. Instead its main focus lies on sub-GeV DM searches probing electron recoils which typically requires methods from
more » ... atomic and condensed matter physics. In the context of sub-GeV DM searches, new ideas such as target materials or detection techniques are being proposed regularly, and the theoretical modelling of these are getting improved continuously. At the same time, currently running experiments continue to publish their results and analyses, setting increasingly strict bounds on the DM parameter space. In such a dynamic field, 'obscura' can be an invaluable tool due to its high level of adaptability and facilitate and accelerate the development of new, reliable research software for the preparation of a DM discovery in the hopefully near future.
doi:10.21105/joss.03725 fatcat:al7tczqzojehxnynwjcv5ylo2m