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dc.contributor.authorClark, Kenneth
dc.contributor.otherQueen's University (Kingston, Ont.). Theses (Queen's University (Kingston, Ont.))en
dc.date2008-08-29 11:42:31.428en
dc.date.accessioned2009-11-18T16:06:15Z
dc.date.available2009-11-18T16:06:15Z
dc.date.issued2009-11-18T16:06:15Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/5323
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D, Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy) -- Queen's University, 2008-08-29 11:42:31.428en
dc.description.abstractThe PICASSO project is a direct dark matter search experiment located 2070 metres underground in SNOLAB. Superheated droplets of Freon (C4F10) are used as the active mass, providing a target for the incoming neutralinos. Recoiling nuclei deposit energy in the superheated Freon droplets, triggering a phase transition, the pressure waves of which can be detected using piezo-electric sensors. Previously published limits using an exposure of 1.98 +/- 0.19 kg day obtained a peak spin-dependent cross section exclusion limit for neutralino-proton interactions of 1.31 pb at a neutralino mass of 29 GeV/c^2 at a 90% confidence level. Improvements in the detectors installed in the underground experiment have provided 20.99 +/- 0.25 kg day for analysis and improvements in the analysis method have produced an exclusion limit of 2.9 X 10^(-2) pb at a neutralino mass of 16.7 GeV/c^2. In addition, a thorough study of the backgrounds, corrections and systematic uncertainties has been included, indicating that this limit does not exceed 3.5 X 10^(-2) pb when considering the one sigma error on the uncertainty band.en
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dc.subjectdark matteren
dc.subjectneutralinoen
dc.subjectdirect detectionen
dc.subjectwimpen
dc.titleA New and Improved Spin-Dependent Dark Matter Exclusion Limit Using the PICASSO Experimenten
dc.typeThesisen
dc.description.degreePh.Den
dc.contributor.supervisorNoble, Anthony J.en
dc.contributor.departmentPhysics, Engineering Physics and Astronomyen


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