The Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) experiment is searching for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) using detectors with the ability to discriminate between candidate (nuclear recoil) and background (electron recoil) events by measuring both phonon and ionization signals from recoils in the detector crystals. As CDMS scales up to greater WIMP sensitivity, it is necessary to increase the detector mass and further improve background discrimination. CDMS is engaged in ongoing fabrication and development of new detector designs in order to meet these criteria for the proposed SuperCDMS experiment. Thicker detector prototypes have been produced with new photolithographic masks. These masks have greater surface coverage of the quasi particle trap and transition edge sensor system to provide superior athermal phonon collection. Results from continuing laboratory tests are presented which already indicate improvement in discrimination parameters.
- Dark matter
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics