Dark matter

Group Leaders:

The LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter search project is our main research activity. Our laboratories can be found on level 5 of the Denys Wilkinson Building, where we develop instrumentation for LZ and work on simulations / preparation for data analysis.

The next-generation LZ experiment will consist of a 7-ton liquid xenon target, of which 5.6 t will be the fiducial mass. LZ will have an active veto system for suppressing background events. All this will be inside a water tank inside the Sanford Underground Research Facility. The size of the LZ target will allow to push the sensitivity for WIMP detection by a significant factor compared with the capability of existing searches.

For more information about LZ consult the LZ experiment webpage, or to learn more about the UK groups in particular, the UK site. The Conceptual Design Report (individual chapters) or arXiv:1509.02910 [physics.ins-det] as the complete arXiv version gives general insight on the concepts used in LZ. The
Technical Design Report (March 2017) succeeds the CDR.