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Improvements to the resolution and efficiency of the DEAP-3600 dark matter detector and their effects on background studies

  • Author / Creator
    Olsen, Kevin Sutherland
  • The Dark matter Experiment using Argon Pulse-shape discrimination will be a tonne scale liquid argon experiment to detect scintillation light produced by interactions with weakly interacting massive particles, leading dark matter candidates. The detector will be constructed out of acrylic and use a spherical array of 266 photo-multiplier tubes (PMTs) to count photons produced by an event and will use properties of liquid argon to discriminate signals from background events. There is currently a smaller prototype in operation underground at SNOLAB an underground laboratory in eastern Canada. The goal of the prototype detector is to understand the sources of background signals in a detector of our design and to validate our method of distinguishing different types of background radiation. The work presented herein is a series of studies with the common goal of understanding the source of background signals, and improving the resolution and efficiency of the detector.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R32X2J
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Physics
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Hallin, Aksel (Physics)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Krauss, Carsten (Physics)
    • McQuarrie, Steve (Oncology)
    • Heinke, Craig (Physics)