SENSEI: Direct-Detection Results on sub-GeV Dark Matter from a New Skipper CCD

(SENSEI Collaboration)

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We present the first direct-detection search for sub-GeV dark matter using a new ∼2-gram high-resistivity Skipper CCD from a dedicated fabrication batch that was optimized for dark matter searches. Using 24 days of data acquired in the MINOS cavern at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, we measure the lowest rates in silicon detectors of events containing one, two, three, or four electrons, and achieve world-leading sensitivity for a large range of sub-GeV dark matter masses. Data taken with different thicknesses of the detector shield suggest a correlation between the rate of high-energy tracks and the rate of single-electron events previously classified as "dark current."We detail key characteristics of the new Skipper CCDs, which augur well for the planned construction of the ∼100-gram SENSEI experiment at SNOLAB.

Original languageEnglish
Article number171802
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - Oct 2020


FundersFunder number
Fermi Research Alliance, LLC
I-CORE Program of the Planning Budgeting Committee
U.S. Department of Energy623940, DE-AC02-07CH11359, DE-SC0017938
Ambrose Monell Foundation
Institute for Advanced Study
Office of Science
High Energy Physics
Horizon 2020 Framework Programme682676
Heising-Simons Foundation79921
European Research Council
Israel Science Foundation1937/12
Azrieli Foundation


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