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Title: Searching For Dark Matter A Mile Underground: The LUX And LZ Experiments    (Colloquia)
Start Date: 03/04/2013
Time: 4:15 pm
Location: 1 LeConte Hall
Speaker: Daniel McKinsey
Affiliation: Associate Professor of Physics, Yale University
Contact Person: Sarah Wittmer   (510) 642-3034

The LUX (Large Underground Xenon) experiment is a two-phase (liquid/gas) xenon time projection chamber with a 100-kg fiducial mass, designed for the sensitive detection of dark matter in the form of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs).The experiment is now being deployed underground on the 4850’ level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in preparation for its upcoming science run, which is scheduled to occur in 2013. LUX’s projected sensitivity for 300 days of underground data acquisition is a cross-section of 2x10-46 cm2 for a WIMP mass of 100 GeV, representing an improvement of nearly an order of magnitude over previous WIMP-nucleon scattering cross-section limits. This talk will discuss the technical challenges, design and goals of LUX, and the prospects for its successor, a multi-tonne xenon-based detector called LZ.