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Results from the First Science Run of the ZEPLIN-III Dark Matter Search Experiment

Abstract : The ZEPLIN-III experiment in the Palmer Underground Laboratory at Boulby uses a 12kg two-phase xenon time projection chamber to search for the weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) that may account for the dark matter of our Galaxy. The detector measures both scintillation and ionisation produced by radiation interacting in the liquid to differentiate between the nuclear recoils expected from WIMPs and the electron recoil background signals down to ~10keV nuclear recoil energy. An analysis of 847kg.days of data acquired between February 27th 2008 and May 20th 2008 has excluded a WIMP-nucleon elastic scattering spin-independent cross-section above 8.1x10(-8)pb at 55GeV/c2 with a 90% confidence limit. It has also demonstrated that the two-phase xenon technique is capable of better discrimination between electron and nuclear recoils at low-energy than previously achieved by other xenon-based experiments.
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V. N. Lebedenko, H. M. Araujo, E. J. Barnes, A. Bewick, R. Cashmore, et al.. Results from the First Science Run of the ZEPLIN-III Dark Matter Search Experiment. Physical Review D, American Physical Society, 2009, 80, pp.052010. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevD.80.052010⟩. ⟨in2p3-00703952⟩



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