Status of R&D of the ANKOK project: Low mass WIMP search using double phase argon detector

Masashi Tanaka, Kohei Yorita, Tatsuki Washimi

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The ANKOK project is a new dark matter search experiment in Japan using the double phase liquid argon detector which is specialized for the low mass (∼ 10 GeV/c2) WIMP detection. We are currently proceeding R&D efforts to establish its physics sensitivity, such as understanding of the liquid argon scintillation and ionization processes for very low energy deposition (∼ 20 keV) and development of the new photo-sensor which has direct sensitivity for the 128 nm VUV light. In the next few years, we are targeting to construct a detector with fiducial mass of several tens of kg, and to collect the underground physics data to search for the low mass WIMP.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of Science
VolumePart F128556
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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