First Dark Matter Search Results from the XENON1T Experiment

(XENON Collaboration)

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We report the first dark matter search results from XENON1T, a ∼2000-kg-target-mass dual-phase (liquid-gas) xenon time projection chamber in operation at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy and the first ton-scale detector of this kind. The blinded search used 34.2 live days of data acquired between November 2016 and January 2017. Inside the (1042±12)-kg fiducial mass and in the [5,40] keVnr energy range of interest for weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) dark matter searches, the electronic recoil background was (1.93±0.25)×10-4 events/(kg×day×keVee), the lowest ever achieved in such a dark matter detector. A profile likelihood analysis shows that the data are consistent with the background-only hypothesis. We derive the most stringent exclusion limits on the spin-independent WIMP-nucleon interaction cross section for WIMP masses above 10 GeV/c2, with a minimum of 7.7×10-47 cm2 for 35-GeV/c2 WIMPs at 90% C.L.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number181301
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - Oct 30 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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