First Results from the DEAP-3600 Dark Matter Search with Argon at SNOLAB

P.-A. Amaudruz, M. Baldwin, M. Batygov, B. Beltran, C. E. Bina, D. Bishop, J. Bonatt, G. Boorman, M. G. Boulay, B. Broerman, T. Bromwich, J. F. Bueno (+92 others)
2018 Physical Review Letters  
This paper reports the first results of a direct dark matter search with the DEAP-3600 single-phase liquid argon (LAr) detector. The experiment was performed 2 km underground at SNOLAB (Sudbury, Canada) utilizing a large target mass, with the LAr target contained in a spherical acrylic vessel of 3600 kg capacity. The LAr is viewed by an array of PMTs, which would register scintillation light produced by rare nuclear recoil signals induced by dark matter particle scattering. An analysis of 4.44
more » ... n analysis of 4.44 live days (fiducial exposure of 9.87 tonne-days) of data taken with the nearly full detector during the initial filling phase demonstrates the detector performance and the best electronic recoil rejection using pulse-shape discrimination in argon, with leakage $<1.2\times 10^{-7}$ (90% C.L.) between 16 and 33 keV$_{ee}$. No candidate signal events are observed, which results in the leading limit on WIMP-nucleon spin-independent cross section on argon, $<1.2\times 10^{-44}$ cm$^2$ for a 100 GeV/c$^2$ WIMP mass (90% C.L.).
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.121.071801 pmid:30169081 fatcat:t7jeqqbjxnbwzi2fuqpbehj3pu