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Dark Matter directional detection with MIMAC  [PDF]
Q. Riffard,J. Billard,G. Bosson,O. Bourrion,O. Guillaudin,J. Lamblin,F. Mayet,J. -F. Muraz,J. -P. Richer,D. Santos,L. Lebreton,D. Maire,J. Busto,J. Brunner,D. Fouchez
Physics , 2013,
Abstract: Directional detection is a promising direct Dark Matter (DM) search strategy. The angular distribution of the nuclear recoil tracks from WIMP events should present an anisotropy in galactic coordinates. This strategy requires both a measurement of the recoil energy with a threshold of about 5 keV and 3D recoil tracks down to few millimeters. The MIMAC project, based on a \textmu-TPC matrix, with $CF_4$ and $CHF_3$, is being developed. In June 2012, a bi-chamber prototype was installed at the LSM (Laboratoire Souterrain de Modane). A preliminary analysis of the first four months data taking allowed, for the first time, the observation of recoils from the $\mathrm{^{222}Rn}$ progeny.
Dark matter directional detection with MIMAC  [PDF]
C. Grignon,J. Billard,G. Bosson,O. Bourrion,O. Guillaudin,C. Koumeir,F. Mayet,D. Santos,P. Colas,E. Ferrer,I. Giomataris
Physics , 2009,
Abstract: MiMac is a project of micro-TPC matrix of gaseous (He3, CF4) chambers for direct detection of non-baryonic dark matter. Measurement of both track and ionization energy will allow the electron-recoil discrimination, while access to the directionnality of the tracks will open a unique way to distinguish a geniune WIMP signal from any background. First reconstructed tracks of 5.9 keV electrons are presented as a proof of concept.
MIMAC : A micro-tpc matrix for directional detection of dark matter  [PDF]
D. Santos,J. Billard,G. Bosson,J. L. Bouly,O. Bourrion,Ch. Fourel,C. Grignon,O. Guillaudin,F. Mayet,J. P. Richer,A. Delbart,E. Ferrer,I. Giomataris,F. J. Iguaz,J. P. Mols,C. Golabek,L. Lebreton
Physics , 2011, DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/309/1/012014
Abstract: Directional detection of non-baryonic Dark Matter is a promising search strategy for discriminating WIMP events from background. However, this strategy requires both a precise measurement of the energy down to a few keV and 3D reconstruction of tracks down to a few mm. To achieve this goal, the MIMAC project has been developed. It is based on a gaseous micro-TPC matrix, filled with CF4 and CHF3. The first results on low energy nuclear recoils (H, F) obtained with a low mono-energetic neutron field are presented. The discovery potential of this search strategy is discussed and illustrated by a realistic case accessible to MIMAC.
MIMAC : A micro-tpc matrix for directional detection of dark matter  [PDF]
D. Santos,J. Billard,G. Bosson,O. Bourrion,C. Grignon,O. Guillaudin,F. Mayet,J. P. Richer,E. Ferrer,I. Giomataris,F. J. Iguaz,J. P. Mols,A. Allaoua,C. Golabek,L. Lebreton
Physics , 2010,
Abstract: Directional detection of non-baryonic Dark Matter is a promising search strategy for discriminating WIMP events from background. However, this strategy requires both a precise measurement of the energy down to a few keV and 3D reconstruction of tracks down to a few mm. To achieve this goal, the MIMAC project has been developed. It is based on a gaseous micro-TPC matrix, filled with 3He, CF4 and/or C4H10. The first results on low energy nuclear recoils (1H and 19F) obtained with a low mono-energetic neutron field are presented. The discovery potential of this search strategy is discussed and illustrated by a realistic case accessible to MIMAC.
MIMAC: MIcro-tpc MAtrix of Chambers for dark matter directional detection  [PDF]
D. Santos,G. Bosson,J. L. Bouly,O. Bourrion,Ch. Fourel,O. Guillaudin,J. Lamblin,F. Mayet,J. F. Muraz,J. P. Richer,Q. Riffard,L. Lebreton,D. Maire,J. Busto,J. Brunner,D. Fouchez
Physics , 2013, DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/469/1/012002
Abstract: Directional detection of non-baryonic Dark Matter is a promising search strategy for discriminating WIMP events from neutrons, the ultimate background for dark matter direct detection. This strategy requires both a precise measurement of the energy down to a few keV and 3D reconstruction of tracks down to a few mm. The MIMAC (MIcro-tpc MAtrix of Chambers) collaboration has developed in the last years an original prototype detector based on the direct coupling of large pixelized micromegas with a special developed fast self-triggered electronics showing the feasibility of a new generation of directional detectors. The first bi-chamber prototype has been installed at Modane, underground laboratory in June 2012. The first undergournd background events, the gain stability and calibration are shown. The first spectrum of nuclear recoils showing 3D tracks coming from the radon progeny is presented.
MIMAC: A micro-tpc matrix for dark matter directional detection  [PDF]
D. Santos,J. Billard,G. Bosson,J. L. Bouly,O. Bourrion,C. Fourel,O. Guillaudin,J. Lamblin,J. F. Muraz,F. Mayet,J. P. Richer,Q. Riffard,E. Ferrer,I. Giomataris,F. J. Iguaz,L. Lebreton,D. Maire
Physics , 2013, DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/460/1/012007
Abstract: The dark matter directional detection opens a new field in cosmology bringing the possibility to build a map of nuclear recoils that would be able to explore the galactic dark matter halo giving access to a particle characterization of such matter and the shape of the halo. The MIMAC (MIcro-tpc MAtrix of Chambers) collaboration has developed in the last years an original prototype detector based on the direct coupling of large pixelized micromegas with a devoted fast self-triggered electronics showing the feasibility of a new generation of directional detectors. The discovery potential of this search strategy is discussed and illustrated. In June 2012, the first bi-chamber prototype has been installed at Modane Underground Laboratory (LSM) and the first underground background events, the gain stability and calibration are shown.
Directional detection of non-baryonic dark matter with MIMAC  [PDF]
C. Grignon,J. Billard,G. Bosson,O. Bourrion,O. Guillaudin,F. Mayet,J. P. Richer,D. Santos,E. Ferrer,I. Giomataris,J. P. Mols
Physics , 2010,
Abstract: Directional detection of non-baryonic Dark Matter is a promising search strategy for discriminating genuine WIMP events from background ones. However, carrying out such a strategy requires both a precise measurement of the energy down to a few keV and 3D reconstruction of tracks down to a few mm. To achieve this goal, the MIMAC project has been developed: it is based on a gaseous micro-TPC matrix, filled with 3He, CF4 and/or C4H10. Firsts results of low energy nuclei recoils obtained with a low energy neutron field are presented.
Development of a front end ASIC for Dark Matter directional detection with MIMAC  [PDF]
J. P. Richer,G. Bosson,O. Bourrion,C. Grignon,O. Guillaudin,F. Mayet,D. Santos
Physics , 2009, DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2010.04.041
Abstract: A front end ASIC (BiCMOS-SiGe 0.35 \mum) has been developed within the framework of the MIMAC detector project, which aims at directional detection of non-baryonic Dark Matter. This search strategy requires 3D reconstruction of low energy (a few keV) tracks with a gaseous \muTPC. The development of this front end ASIC is a key point of the project, allowing the 3D track reconstruction. Each ASIC monitors 16 strips of pixels with charge preamplifiers and their time over threshold is provided in real time by current discriminators via two serializing LVDS links working at 320 MHz. The charge is summed over the 16 strips and provided via a shaper. These specifications have been chosen in order to build an auto triggered electronics. An acquisition board and the related software were developed in order to validate this methodology on a prototype chamber. The prototype detector presents an anode where 2 x 96 strips of pixels are monitored.
Micromegas detector developments for Dark Matter directional detection with MIMAC  [PDF]
F. J. Iguaz,D. Attié,D. Calvet,P. Colas,F. Druillole,E. Ferrer-Ribas,I. Giomataris,J. P. Mols,J. Pancin,T. Papaevangelou,J. Billard,G. Bosson,J. L. Bouly,O. Bourrion,Ch. Fourel,C. Grignon,O. Guillaudin,F. Mayet,J. P. Richer,D. Santos,C. Golabek,L. Lebreton
Physics , 2011, DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/6/07/P07002
Abstract: The aim of the MIMAC project is to detect non-baryonic Dark Matter with a directional TPC using a high precision Micromegas readout plane. We will describe in detail the recent developments done with bulk Micromegas detectors as well as the characterisation measurements performed in an Argon(95%)-Isobutane(5%) mixture. Track measurements with alpha particles will be shown.
MIMAC: A micro-tpc matrix project for directional detection of dark matter  [PDF]
D. Santos,J. Billard,G. Bosson,J. L. Bouly,O. Bourrion,Ch. Fourel,O. Guillaudin,F. Mayet,J. P. Richer,A. Delbart,E. Ferrer,I. Giomataris,F. J. Iguaz,J. P. Mols,C. Golabek,L. Lebreton
Physics , 2011,
Abstract: Directional detection of non-baryonic DarkMatter is a promising search strategy for discriminating WIMP events from background ones. This strategy requires both a measurement of the recoil energy down to a few keV and 3D reconstruction of tracks down to a few mm. The MIMAC project, based on a micro-TPC matrix, filled with CF4 and CHF3 is being developed. The first results of a chamber prototype of this matrix, on low energy nuclear recoils (1H and 19F) obtained with mono-energetic neutron fields are presented. The discovery potential of this search strategy is illustrated by a realistic case accessible to MIMAC.
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